WASHINGTON — Consumer spending has soared since the Great Recession ended five years ago in states with oil and gas drilling booms and has lagged in states hit especially hard by the housing bust.
The figures come from a new annual report the government issued yesterday that for the first time reveals consumer spending on a state-by-state basis. The numbers point to substantial shifts in the economy since the recession ended.
Spending jumped 28 percent in North Dakota, the largest gain nationwide, from 2009 through 2012, the latest year for which figures are available. It surged nearly 16 percent in Oklahoma.
By contrast, spending eked out a scant 3.5 percent increase in Nevada, the weakest for any state and far below the 10.7 percent national average. Arizona’s 6.2 percent increase was next-weakest. Home values plummeted in both states once the housing bust hit in 2006.
In Ohio, consumer spending over the three years rose 12.2 percent, above the national average, according to the report. The 3.7 percent increase in 2012 was slightly above the U.S...