Geography of the Recession
NY Times link. Job losses have been most severe in the areas that experienced a big boom in housing, those that depend on manufacturing and those that already had the highest unemployment rates. Related Article.
MP: Note the lighter shaded area that streches all the way from North Dakota (unemployment rate is 3.5%) and Wyoming (3.4%), all the way down through the middle of the country in states like Nebraska (4.0%), Oklahoma (4.9%), Kansas (5.2%), to Texas (6%), where unemployment rates are relatively low.