2. Mississippi
2011 growth rate: -0.8%
Economy size: $98 billion*

A flood from the Mississippi River and a drought that swept across the state took a major toll on Mississippi's economy last year.

The natural disasters wiped out the state's crops, from soybeans to corn, resulting in nearly a 5% decline in its agricultural industry.

Mississippi also saw a drop in its government sector in 2011, as federal stimulus funding dried up.

While the opening of a new Toyota factory gave Mississippi's manufacturing sector a jolt, it wasn't enough to make up for the other lagging industries.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
*In current U.S. dollars
By Emily Jane Fox @CNNMoney - Last updated June 08 2012: 5:12 PM ET
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