Sunday, May 06, 2012

"9 Swing States, Critical to Presidential Race, Are Mixed Lot"

President Obama at a rally Saturday at Ohio State University. Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

 Michael Cooper (New York Times):
Since the housing bubble burst, Nevada has been plagued with record foreclosures, the nation’s steepest drop in home values and its highest unemployment rate. Iowa, on the other hand, may have missed out on some of the boom but was spared the worst of the bust: its housing prices have stayed relatively stable, and it now has the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the country. Ohio suffered a steeper than average loss of jobs during the recession, but it has since seen its unemployment rate fall below the national average. All three are among the handful of swing states likely to decide who wins the presidential election — states in different stages of a slow economic recovery. MORE...

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