In 2008, job losses concentrated in Florida
We're always searching for fresh answers to the constant economic question: How are we doing? Well, here's an interactive map that will shed some additional light on that matter. Since the economic downturn began in December 2007, the United States unemployment rate has risen to a five-year high of 6.1 percent and the country has lost over 600,000 jobs.
Here's the zinger. Of those 600,000, 115,000 or 19 percent -- nearly one in every five jobs -- were lost in Florida. That's an astonishing concentration of job loss in one state, even though the state unemployment rate of 6.5 percent is still lower than those in at least a dozen other states.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist