Column: Data paint unclear portrait of state, U.S. employment

This column is not intended to confuse you but to share the difficulty of making flat statements about a complicated matter. Be patient; and, maybe, together we can make sense out of what appears to be chaos.

Is it over? Has the recession ended? What do we mean “the recession has ended?”

The answer from a national perspective is yes. If you are still or again unemployed, your recession continues.

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