It's been exactly five years since the Great Recession technically ended, but the Sacramento region still has fewer workers than it did at the recession's start.
About 956,000 Sacramento residents were employed in 2013, compared to 982,000 in 2007, the year before the recession began. Sacramento has added another 14,000 jobs so far in 2014 but still lags behind the pre-recession total. The United States as a whole has regained all of the jobs lost during the recession.
Some job sectors in the region have made a full comeback, including grocery stores and restaurants. Some never lost ground; health-related professions grew throughout the recession, largely due to aging of Baby Boomers.
Most other sectors are still down, but recovering. The construction industry is drastically smaller today than at the start of the recession. The local publishing and telecommunications job markets aren't doing much better.
Source: California Employment Development Department
Notes: Chart is based on annual employment averages for 2007 to 2013. Text above chart updated 6/30 at 8:45 a.m. to match chart.