In One Chart: Map: Where the economic recovery in the U.S. has taken hold… and where it hasn’t

There is good news out there, people.

Political chaos aside, the stock market DJIA, +0.14% is still booming and the U.S. economy has entered into its ninth year of expansion, with levels of employment and GDP roaring back to prerecession levels.

But as cost-estimating website HowMuch.net illustrates in this map, the recovery has been uneven across the country. The size of the state correlates to the size of the local economy, and each state is color-coded based on its performance in increasing jobs and GDP. Green is good, and red is bad.

As you can see, the five states that have led the way are, not surprisingly, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

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