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Uneven recovery has soft regions

For Mississippi, jobs lag ’08 level

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Photographs by ROGELIO V. SOLIS / AP

Kathryn Winfield stands next to the medical skeleton she worked on at Meridian Community College in Mississippi. She now works at a nursing home earning more than $13 an hour.

MERIDIAN, Miss. -- A handful of states are still struggling nine years later to get their job markets back to where they were before the recession.

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