The Peach State ranked No. 45 with a net loss of 208,800 jobs between May 2007 and May 2012. The economic downturn officially began in December 2007, so the five-year study period allowed a comparison of pre-recession and current employment levels.
By contrast Texas ranked No. 1 by adding 410,400 jobs in half a decade. New York was a distant second with a gain of 88,600.
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