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What States are the Biggest Job Winners and Losers in the Recovery? ^ | August 18, 2014 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 08/18/2014 6:36:36 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Deloitte University Press has a very interesting, and comprehensive study on job gains and losses, by type of job, and state by state.

The biggest winners are states involved in energy production, finance, or healthcare. The biggest losers are states that did not recover from the real estate bust, or lost population due to emigration.

With that overview, let's dive deeper into the Geography of Jobs.

Only now, as we reach the fifth anniversary of the end of the recession, has employment in the United States finally regained its pre-recession peak. The national story of slow recovery obscures the more complicated regional picture: As is the case during most business cycles, the pace of recovery has been very uneven among the states. At present, only 16 states plus the District of Columbia have employment rates at least one percent higher than they had prior to the start of the recession.

Among the states that have experienced the highest overall employment gains are the beneficiaries of expanding energy production. Among the states where employment remains substantially below pre-recession levels are those states most affected by the bursting of the housing bubble and those with declining manufacturing employment.

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Only 16 states and the District of Columbia are at least one percent above their pre-recession employment levels. For more than half of these states (North Dakota, Texas, Alaska, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Montana, West Virginia, and Louisiana), expanding energy production has played a key role in driving employment growth. The District of Columbia and the other employment-gaining states can attribute their total employment growth to increases in a variety of sectors, most notably health services and leisure and hospitality.

Four of these states (North Dakota, Colorado, Texas, and South Dakota) and the District of Columbia also had among the highest proportional increases in population due to inflows of people from other states between 2010 and 2013 (net domestic migration) as people moved to where the jobs were. Texas alone added more than 400,000 people from other states (1.5 percent of its 2013 population) during this period.

The recession was significantly more severe for the states that fall at the bottom of the job recovery rankings; these states continued to lose jobs well after the end of the recession. Job creation did not pick up in Nevada and New Jersey until the beginning of 2011 and did not pick up in Alabama and Maine until the middle of 2011. It took until the middle of 2012 for employment to begin to grow in New Mexico.

Population also migrated away from the states at the bottom of the job recovery rankings: Of those in the bottom 10, New Jersey, Maine, New Mexico, Connecticut, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Illinois all lost population to domestic migration.

Currently only North Dakota, the District of Columbia, and Oklahoma have more construction workers than they did in December 2007. Two of the states in the bottom 10 for employment recovery, Nevada and Arizona, were the hardest hit by the bursting of the housing bubble: At present, construction employment in Nevada is 51 percent below, and in Arizona is 42 percent below, their December 2007 construction employment levels. The other three states that remain at the bottom in terms of employment recovery—Alabama, New Mexico, and New Jersey—all have construction employment losses at least five percentage points higher than the national average.

The report takes a detailed look at mining, construction, and manufacturing gains and losses.

Mining is of course a net overall gain, while hard-hit manufacturing states were slow to recover.

Here are a few of my own conclusions, not from the report:

It's a nice report. Inquiring minds may wish to take a closer look.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: economicrecovery; economy; employment; jobs; recovery; states; unemployment

1 posted on 08/18/2014 6:36:36 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

recovery? where?

2 posted on 08/18/2014 6:37:19 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin

Colorado is only up because of the drug industry that Obama started up for Soros. He got caught trying to import lots of new customers from Central America but they’re stil coming...

3 posted on 08/18/2014 6:44:59 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: yldstrk; P-Marlowe


It’s a lie they tell. In the last 2 quarters the economy average 1/2% growth. Because they adjusted it down so far because of bad weather in the 1st quarter, they bragged about 4% growth last quarter.

Without that deep adjustment down, it has grown only 1% since the last quarter of 2013.

Government bureaucrats love to manipulate numbers.

4 posted on 08/18/2014 6:54:33 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: yldstrk

North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate of 2.7 percent. Followed by Nebraska, Utah and Vermont with 3.5 each

5 posted on 08/18/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

I can’t believe the Virginia or Maryland numbers.

The Federal government has been growing at leaps and bounds with Captain Midnight at the helm.

6 posted on 08/18/2014 6:55:12 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Kaslin

Percentage employment is a bad measure of job health.

If people are leaving a state in droves (New York, California) to look for work in other states, then it boosts the numbers in 5the state that they left.

IOW, don’t look for work in New York.

7 posted on 08/18/2014 7:04:50 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Kaslin

Of the 8 that are above 2.5% (and all 8 are at a minimum of 3%), there are 7 energy producers and one blood sucker (DC).

8 posted on 08/18/2014 7:25:39 AM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Kaslin

It would be interesting to overlay this chart with Right To Work status

9 posted on 08/18/2014 7:47:53 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: jsanders2001

Oh come on. The drug thing is something a lot of us here in CO are embarrassed and ashamed of, but there weren’t all that many jobs created by that.

Fracking is the more likely cause of job growth in CO.

10 posted on 08/18/2014 7:52:16 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: xzins
The raw unadjusted numbers show 0 growth.
11 posted on 08/18/2014 9:26:58 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town

doesn’t surprise me at all

When the government using a system that claims no one working and no one looking for work equals full employment, then you know that the politicians have gotten control of the numbers reporting.

12 posted on 08/18/2014 9:31:23 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 08/18/2014 9:35:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: bigbob

Well, Texas is one of them...I cannot speak to the others...

But the odds are good...

14 posted on 08/18/2014 2:56:03 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I will settle for a "perfectly good, gently used" kidney...Apply within...)
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