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.
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Sources: IHS Global Insight; unemployment data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Note: A few suburbs of large cities will recover at different rates than their core cities: Camden, NJ (2013); Nassau, NY (2013); Cambridge, MA (2013); Rockingham, NH (2012); Oakland, CA (2013).
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