The parts of America where the recession hit employment the hardest

The map separates the US into 741 "commuting zones" - groups of counties that coincide with local labor markets. Nearly 93 percent of Americans live in the same commuting zone where they work, according to census data. Colors denote the 2006-2009 employment rate change relative to a zone’s pre-recession level.

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