The state has lost more than 2,000 jobs in the energy industry in the last year.
If the economy were to keep adding 287,000 jobs, month after month, most of those who have dropped out of the workforce would likely come back.
It's been nearly a year since Richard Crowe was laid off from his job as a steelworker. And because of the sequester, his unemployment check was cut 10 percent. But a new job might be in his future.
In a digital twist on the age-old practice of paying people to do odd jobs for you, new smartphone apps like TaskRabbit and Postmates allow you to hire your own personal assistants -- to say, clean your home, buy your groceries or run errands.