It was welcome news in early June that the United States had finally surpassed the number of jobs it had pre-recession. Some areas of the country, however, had long ago achieved that feat. For others, the road back to even remains a long one. And in many parts of the country, these two kinds of metro areas are in close proximity.
That’s evident from a map in our latest MetroMonitor, which tracked the economic performance of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas through the first quarter of 2014. Of the 100, just 44 had more jobs than their pre-recession peak. Clearly, Texas metro areas remain standouts, with all six posting at least 5 percent more jobs than before the crisis. Florida is the anti-Texas, with all seven of its major metro areas beneath their pre-recession jobs totals.
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