Participation rates vary significantly across states and regions, with a range of nearly 20 percentage points between the lowest and highest states.

The labor force participation rate has dropped 2.8 percentage points since the recession began and in August 2013, the rate hit 63.2 percent—the lowest since 1979.

Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) grew from 28 million in 2008 to 44.5 million in 2011 due to the economic fallout of the recession.

According to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, total state tax revenue hit a 25 year high in the second quarter of 2013, totaling $259.6 billion – a 9.4 percent increase over the same quarter in 2012.

According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state unemployment rates did not change significantly in July 2013 compared to a month earlier. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases, with an average increase of 0.15 percentage points. Fourteen states saw no change in their rates, while 8 states reported decreases. Mississippi reported the biggest month-over-month improvement in July, dropping 0.5 percentage points from a 9.0 percent unemployment rate in June to 8.5 percent in July.