7 shrinking state economies

Economic activity declined in these states in 2011.

1. Wyoming
2011 growth rate: -1.2%
Economy size: $38 billion*

Wyoming's economy was expected to rebound after a slowdown in 2010, but it never got the energy it needed to recover.

The state's coal industry, which produces 40% of the coal in the United States, continued to weigh down economic growth in 2011. The weakening of natural gas prices, coupled with a drop in coal production, slowed the mining sector considerably for the year.

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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