The Great Recession, which hit Arizona hardest than any economic downturn since the Depression, has been over for more than six years.
One big difference: In the Great Depression, Arizona was a huge beneficiary of the New Deal. Another is that it wasn't the epicenter of the calamity. This time it was, with its massive dependence on housing.
This is part of an ongoing update for how the state's economy is performing.
Total gross domestic product adjusted for inflation has still not recovered. It it badly lags Washington, a similarly populous Western state, which has recovered and reached new highs:
Housing starts, the gold standard of the old economy, continue to struggle. They are around where they stood in the early 1990s, even though population has increased increased significantly:
The workforce is still smaller than before the collapse. It gets worse: ASU's Lee McPheters estimates that 44 percent of the adult population is not working: