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The Metro Areas Most Lagging Behind in the Recovery

Nearly seven years into the recovery, some regions have experienced far stronger economic growth than others.

While national job totals have surpassed pre-recession levels, a select group of regional economies has a much longer way to go. These metro areas particularly stand out as most lagging behind the rest of the country in the recovery.

We compiled monthly Labor Department jobs data for all metro areas where employment exceeds 100,000, comparing the most recent job estimates for March with peak levels since 2005. In the following regions, total employment remains more than 10 percent below its most recent peak. (See data for all metro areas.) Read more