|Forty-three states still have fewer jobs than they did before the Great Recession began, according to U.S.Labor Department data. The figure is a reminder of how weak the nation's job market remains. Nevada, Arizona and Florida _hard-hit by the housing bust _ are furthest behind. North Dakota, Alaska, and Texas, which have benefited from an oil boom, have gained the highest percentage of jobs.|
|Here are the five states with the biggest losses in June 2012, compared to December 2007, and the five states with the biggest gains:|
|States with biggest losses|
|States with the biggest gains|
|North Dakota 15.7%|
|South Dakota 0.8%|
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