State growth rates: How was your recession?

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The Bureau of Economic Analysis has just released a marvelous collection of state-level economic data. Unfortunately, it's on a bit of a lag; the new figures are for state level output in 2009. Still, the numbers provide one of the best looks so far at how the recession and recovery proceeded across the country through the end of last year. Here's the quick overview:


Regionally, the Rocky Mountain area performed the best last year and the Great Lakes the worst. At the state level Nevada clearly had the ugliest 2009, with a drop in state output of 6.4%, while Oklahoma did the best, enjoying an increase in output of 6.6%. Looking back from the beginning of the recession, it's easy to see how drastically different the experience has been across states:
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