Has your home state recovered from the recession?

Industries and the recession

Alabama, West Virginia and Mississippi among states that have fewer jobs than they did in 2007.

The “great recession” began 10 years ago, and while it lasted only two years, its impact on the U.S. workforce is still being felt. As of 2017, the country overall boasts 6,692,837 more jobs than in 2007 – just before the recession began. However, according to a recent study by CareerBuilder based on data from Emsi, there are still some states that haven’t fully recovered, and many of the occupations that have been driving post-recession growth require additional training and/or education.

States lagging pre-recession jobs

While nationally jobs grew by a net of 4 percent between 2007 and 2017, this growth has not been perfectly uniform in all parts of the country. Some of the states that had fewer jobs in 2017 than they did in 2007 include:

  • Alabama: 62,637 fewer jobs – 3 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • West Virginia: 33,428 fewer jobs – 4 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Mississippi: 26,666 fewer jobs – 2 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • New Mexico: 23,422 fewer jobs – 2 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Connecticut: 19,781 fewer jobs – 1 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Wyoming: 13,257 fewer jobs – 4 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Illinois: 11,682 fewer jobs – 0.2 percent – in 2017 than in 2007

States with the most job growth since 2007

Growth has nevertheless been widespread. Of the 40 states that had more jobs in 2017 than they did in 2007, 14 outpaced the national job growth rate. The seven states with the largest net increase in jobs since 2007 are:

  • Texas: 1,699,505 more jobs – 15 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • California: 1,239,911 more jobs – 7 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • New York: 597,961 more jobs – 6 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Florida: 455,134 more jobs – 5 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Washington: 300,885 more jobs – 9 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Colorado: 293,160 more jobs – 11 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Massachusetts: 288,446 more jobs – 8 percent – in 2017 than in 2007

Fastest growing occupations

The recession had wide ranging effects, and no corner of the workforce was completely unaffected. Still, some occupations have fared considerably better than others through the recession and recovery.

The following occupations have not only seen some of the highest 2007-2017 growth rates nationally, but they’ve also grown in each of the states that haven’t fully recovered:

Even in the areas that haven’t quite recovered, there is job growth to be found if you know where to look for it.

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