Employment-to-population ratios and unemployment rates are two measures commonly used to assess a state's labor market.
State unemployment rates do not consider workers who have, for various reasons, dropped out of the labor force. State employment-to-population ratios do consider these workers, but still don't account for demographic changes occurring within a state.
Nationally, while unemployment rates have declined, states' employment-to-population ratios and labor force participation rates haven't yet recovered.
Select your state below to see how the unemployment rate, labor force participation rate and employment-to-population ratio has changed over time:
Why are some states losing people, even as the country continues to grow? Jobs, jobs, jobs (and, in some cases, aging).
New data depicts weak job growth for all levels of government.
All levels of government experienced weak job growth, while the private sector expanded five times faster.
Politicians have been touting their states' low jobless rates as proof that they've bounced back from the recession. But unemployment only tells part of the story.