Ohio is among only 15 states that have not yet recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession. Philippa Dunne, co-editor of Sightlines Bulletin, which does analyses of the economy, examined U.S. Labor Department data. She found that during the recession, employment in Ohio fell by 7.4 percent, but that the state has only recovered 6.6 percent of the jobs. The Great Recession officially ran from December 2007 to June 2009.
These are the 14 other states Dunne found that haven’t returned to their pre-recession employment peaks: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wyoming.
She said that while some sectors in Ohio, such as health care, have been growing, the failure of other sectors, such as manufacturing, to adequately bounce back has contributed to the state not fully recovering employment. For some sectors, the trend toward declining employment started a few years before the recession began.