Labor

Some States Have All the Jobs

The South has the worst employment-to-population ratios.

Jobs (and the nightlife) are magnets for Nevada.

Photographer: David Paul Morris

In November, for the 24th consecutive month, fewer than half of West Virginians aged 16 and over had jobs. It is the only state where this is the case, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And unlike in most other states, the job situation in West Virginia shows no real signs of improving. With its signature industry, coal mining, in deep decline, this economic recovery is passing the state by.

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