Ansley, Erin

The economy may be rebounding, but MarketWatch's Steve Goldstein revealed the states in the nation that are still lagging behind in the recovery. According to data from the Economic Policy Institute and Labor Department, 15 states still have not seen enough employment growth to recover jobs lost during the recession.

The states impacted tend to be clustered in the Rust Belt — like Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin — but the list also includes other states that haven’t recovered for various reasons, such as the housing-bubble-wracked Nevada. Even for states like North Dakota and Oklahoma that have been hurt by the drying up of the oil boom, the employment situation is still better than in most of the rest of the country.

Are you operating a pool or spa business in one of these states? How does your experience compare with this recent data report?

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