New York Times' staffer Karl Russell goes to the charts to identify the best and worst recoveries from the recession. What he finds is that some metros are still saddled with high unemployment, while others have strong labor markets.

Cities like Denver; San Jose, Calif.; and Austin, Tex., are now among those with the best-performing labor markets, while places as varied as Las Vegas, Chicago, and Detroit remain laggards.

It seems that cities most harmed by the housing crash have had the most difficult recoveries.

Detroit and Las Vegas have gained substantial numbers of jobs but are still below average, and employment has still not risen to its levels before the recession. Austin and San Antonio are the only cities where jobless rates have fallen below their pre-recession levels.

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