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In the past 12 months, all but three states and the District of Columbia have added private-sector jobs, reveals the latest monthly state-by-state report, "Understanding the Economy: State-by-State Snapshots", released by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released its latest."

JEC Chairman, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), said this latest document shows "some bright spots" as the data shows more than half of the states have added manufacturing jobs. "We've made progress in the past year, but Congress still has more work to do. In too many states, unemployment remains unacceptably high, and initiatives to create new jobs are stalling in Washington. Programs to retrain our workers who have lost jobs through unfair trade practices have fallen prey to politics."

The report features key economic statistics for each state and the District of Columbia, including: jobs created or lost since the start of the recession, jobs saved or created by the Recovery Act, unemployment rates, per capita earnings, and the condition of the housing sector. It has been updated to include state data released June 17, 2011, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is the sixth installment of JEC's state economic reports in the 112th Congress. (JEC was established under the Employment Act of 1946 to review economic conditions and analyze the effectiveness of economic policy.) Key findings include: