Is your state's economy nearing or topping its pre-pandemic level of activity or lagging? See where your state ranks. – USA TODAY

After a rough patch marked by a surge in COVID-19 cases, the U.S. economy seems to be firmly back on the road to recovery, with Moody’s Analytics’ back-to-normal index reaching a new pandemic high in October.

More evidence came Friday as the Labor Department reported employers added a better-than-expected 531,000 jobs last month.

Some states, however, are closer to their pre-crisis levels of activity than others.

More rural states with lots of open spaces in the South and West that imposed fewer restrictions have approached or topped their pre-COVID peaks. They’re ahead of more cautious, densely populated states like New York and California.

Some of those more conservative states also rely heavily on tourism or the revival of downtown restaurants and shops in bustling urban centers for their economic lifeblood. They’re still struggling to reignite their financial firepower as most professionals continue to work from home either full-time or at least a couple of days a week.

source: Is your state's economy nearing or topping its pre-pandemic level of activity or lagging? See where your state ranks. – USA TODAY

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