I see that as of the end of 2014 no county in Illinois had returned to pre-recession levels of unemployment, economic output, and home prices:
The recovered counties are largely located in energy-rich areas and have small populations. Of the 65 recovered counties, 24 are in Texas and 16 are in North Dakota. The others are generally in the middle of the country, including nine in Minnesota and eight in Kansas.
None of the recovered counties has more than 500,000 residents.
I’m guessing that our total employment is still down, too.
Now that we’ve got year end data I should probably look at the numbers I’m interested in again. Someday maybe I’ll just put together a data base, but that sounds like work I’m not getting paid for.