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This Map Shows a Devastating Fact About Employment in the United States Since 2007

This interactive map shows how employment in each state has changed since 2007:

The simple fact: not one state in the union has had their employment rate for workers aged 25 to 54-years old return to the level it had in 2007, according to a new survey from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The map above shows the percentage-point change in employment of each state since 2007. Notice that it’s all even or has declined.

The employment rate is a simple calculation showing the percentage of potential workers that are actually working. In 2007, 79.9% of workers in this age group were working; as of June 2014, that number is only back to 76.2, which is an improvement from the year earlier.

A state-by-state analysis shows a wide range. Vermont and Nebraska are now within less than 1% from where they were; New Mexico, on the other hand, is over 9% less. Here’s the state-by-state breakdown:

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Here’s the current data on the state-by-state employment rate:

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Well, so what? Firstly, fewer people working means more people that are hurting. Despite various claims and encouragements, we literally have yet to get back to where we started.

Furthermore, when fewer people are working, from a government perspective, there are less contributors to tax revenue and more claimants on costly programs. In other words, there are more people taking from the pot and less contributing to it.