The Great Recession has taken its toll on the country. Unemployment remains at 9.1% nationally. 7.51 million Americans remained on emergency unemployment benefits in June. That doesn’t even include those who have run out of benefits and now sit idly on the sidelines. Nor do any of these figures account for the millions of underemployed.
Yet, despite these horrific numbers, some states have fared better than others. A handful of states have managed quite well in fact, given the circumstances. One, Texas, has weathered the recession as one of the fastest growing states due in part to an economy that is well diversified.