Map 1: The Center of the Nation Has Avoided Significant Job Losses in This Recession

Alabama -3.65
Alaska 1.13
Arizona -6.24
Arkansas -1.57
California -3.56
Colorado -1.64
Connecticut -2.02
Delaware -3.48
Florida -4.95
Georgia -3.64
Hawaii -2.54
Idaho -4.32
Illinois -2.85
Indiana -3.36
Iowa -0.97
Kansas -0.09
Kentucky -3.14
Louisiana 0.01
Maine -2.23
Maryland -1.44
Massachusetts -1.99
Michigan -6.24
Minnesota -2.55
Mississippi -2.84
Missouri -1.43
Montana -0.45
Nebraska -0.43
Nevada -5.35
NewHampshire -0.74
NewJersey -2.32
NewMexico -1.06
NewYork -0.92
NorthCarolina -3.88
NorthDakota 1.21
Ohio -3.81
Oklahoma 1.26
Oregon -3.63
Pennsylvania -1.16
RhodeIsland -3.85
SouthCarolina -3.86
SouthDakota 0.32
Tennessee -3.33
Texas 0.41
Utah -2.07
Vermont -3.53
Virginia -1.60
Washington -1.48
WestVirginia -0.76
Wisconsin -2.40
Wyoming 2.55
United States -2.49
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (Haver Analytics).