How to Survive a Recession: Be a Woman in North Dakota?

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When the Great Recession hit in 2007, various groups fared better than others, and the reasons explaining why some suffered while others more quickly bounced back — or never sunk to as deep an economic low — are for the most part predictable and logical. Others leave one wondering if we should resort to the measures people took to avoid catching the black death. Flagellation to avoid stock market crash? Pockets full of posies to avoid unemployment? Let’s take a look at some of the more solid facts out there on who weathered the recession better or recovered more quickly.

NPR recently published a handy graph plotting Bureau of Labor Statistics on state by state job growth since the recession. Some saw major improvement — even surpassing where they were at the beginning of the slow down (which is marked in this case as January of 2008.)

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