Michigan one of five states not fully recovered

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Nine years after the recession began, some states still haven’t fully recovered. That’s true in Mississippi, where job numbers and the overall size of the economy remain below 2008 levels. It’s also true in states including Alabama, Michigan, New Mexico, and West Virginia, which remain below pre-recession job levels by multiple measures. That contrasts with states where employment numbers have sprinted ahead.

Mississippi suffers from a cluster of ills that make it an economic laggard.