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SPN State Jobs Report: Is state job recovery slowing down?

SPN’s State Jobs Report is a monthly tracker that ranks states’ progress in post-pandemic job recovery and identifies policy trends impacting recovery.

By Michael Lucci, Senior Policy Advisor at State Policy Network

No new states reached a full jobs count recovery in May 2022, according to the latest 50-state job recovery ranking in SPN’s State Jobs Report.

The states that continue to show strong recoveries are ones that took a lighter approach on lockdowns during the pandemic and embrace a “less-is-more” approach to economic policies—namely lower taxes and fewer economies regulations.

State Jobs Report: 50-State Rankings for February 2020-May 2022

State Job Recovery Trends as of May 2022

National Job Recovery Trends as of May 2022

Key Takeaways: The Impact of State Policies on Job Recovery

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Categories: Policy Issues
Policy Issues: Economy, Jobs