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Interactive: When will the nation's job markets return to normal?

By Phillip Reese
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2009 - 4:33 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009 - 7:36 pm
While signs indicate that the worst of the recession may be over, only six metropolitan areas across the country are expected to regain their pre-recession employment levels by the end of 2009, according to projections from IHS Global Insight, a leading economic forecaster. Most of the country - 286 of 325 metro areas covered in the IHS analysis - aren't likely to regain their pre-recession employment levels until at least 2012. This map shows what year economic forecasters say each metro area will return to employment levels seen before the recession.

If you live in one of the bright green areas--you are in luck. For the rest of you looks like a rocky road ahead until 2014 or beyond. If you live in any of the white areas, you are screwed!

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:50 PM on Jun. 27, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (6)
  • As long as butt-head obama is in office... we're all screwed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:51 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • According to that chart, we have the little foot note that says we won't be back to normal until after 2014. Not surprised at all. The man flew into town, put on a big smile, and lied right to our faces, on multiple occasions.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:00 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • We are also in 2014 for the forecast. But keep in mind that this was fore-casted before the effects of Cap and Trade will be felt!


    Answer by timelessglass at 5:01 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • Says 2012 for Knoxville,TN ..where hub works.Where we live is white

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:29 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • These figures are based on a prediction. No actual facts. How in the world can anybody forecast what will happen in 2014??????? If they could we wouldn't be in the mess we are in right now and for years to come. Businesses have closed and not coming back. Cap and Trade will be in effect. More businesses will close. Green jobs may be coming but not at the amount we think. Lots of red tape to go through first.

    Answer by foreverb3 at 5:47 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

  • I was wondering about the white areas. LOL Well I wouldn't be surprised about the 2014 dates because the programs Obama wants to put into action all cost more money and will result in many more lost jobs than new hirings. They have not gotten 1% of the stimulus money out to those so called shovel ready plans so you can see nothing is being done right now. I expect a long recession. The only plus is people are tiring of Obama and his gang of spenders. By 2010
    I think they will be looking for real change to undo the change he has brought.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:33 PM on Jun. 27, 2009

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