Report: Most states still have fewer jobs than before recession

As of May, 32 states still haven’t climbed back to 2007’s pre-recession jobs numbers, according to an Associated Press report using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Eleven states among those 32 have jobs deficits that are within 1% of their pre-recession levels, including Wisconsin, which is down 0.8% since 2007. Nevada (down 6%) has been hit the hardest. Fueled by an energy boom, Texas (9.5%) and North Dakota (27.6%) have seen the largest job increases. The nation as a whole is up 0.1% in the number of jobs gained since December 2007.