By JOHN MERLINE
ust 16 states have seen job growth since President Obama took office, according to state employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The remaining states have lost a combined 1.4 million jobs since January 2009.
Even 34 months after the recession officially ended in June 2009, there are still 11 states that have fewer people working now than at the start of the recovery.
Meanwhile, 20 states have unemployment rates at or above 8%, including nine with unemployment at 9% or higher, according to the BLS.
At the other end of the spectrum, Texas has been the leader in job creation under Obama, with 240,000 more people working there than when he took office. Since the recovery started in June 2009, Texas has added 474,000 jobs, which accounts for one in four of all the jobs created during the recovery.
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