From 2007 to 2014, the employment rate among 25- to 54-year-olds has declined in the United States by 3.5 percent, and no state reported employment gains during that time, according to data released by the Pew Charitable Trust on Tuesday.
The state with the largest decline is New Mexico, where 9.2 percent fewer people are employed today than they were in 2007. Vermont and Nebraska had the smallest decline, both less than 1 percent, and 19 other states had declines that were determined to be not statistically significant.
Percentage-point change in employment since 2007
The study used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau and concluded the employment-to-population ratio for prime-age workers is weak and poses problems for states’ budgets as income from sales and business tax is down and costs for services like Medicaid are up.