The health of the labor market is commonly described in terms of the official unemployment rate, but another key detail, the percentage of jobs lost, underscores how a severe shortage of jobs lies at the root of the current jobs crisis. The *Map* shows the percentage of jobs each state has lost since the start of the recession in December 2007. Although the recession officially ended in June of 2009, all states except Alaska, North Dakota and the District of Columbia continue to see a jobs deficit.
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