Which state is the biggest loser in jobs?
A dozen US states have fewer people working than at any time since the 1990s. For the biggest loser, the jobs bust has lasted since the 1980s.
For a dozen states in America, the 2000s have been a bust in terms of employment.Skip to next paragraph
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For some states (see chart at left for complete list), the job bust has lasted just over a decade. The last time California and Delaware had so few workers on the job, people were worried about Y2K (late 1999).
The states are a varied lot. They come from the West (California) and the East (Delaware), the Upper Midwest (Wisconsin) and the South (Alabama). They are rich (Massachusetts) and poor (West Virginia). Large and small.
Across the whole country, workers' climb out of the great recession looks to be long and arduous. But for workers in these states, the first hurdle will simply be reaching the employment levels they had a decade or two ago.
It may take the US a long time to dig out of unemployment. For a dozen states, it could take even longer.