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St. Louis' economy continued to lag most of the country in this recovery, according to new data from a national think tank Monday.

The region ranks 77th out of the nation's 100 biggest metro areas on a mix of key measures of growth since the economy bottomed out in 2009, says the latest Brookings Metro Monitor, a quarterly pulse-taking of metro economies. That's down from 74th three months prior.

The biggest reason for St. Louis poor performance: Slow job creation. Only five regions have seen less job growth since their recession-induced bottom. New numbers out last month show there's still 61,000 fewer jobs here than there were in 2008. 

Many of the best-performing places in Brookings' study are in Texas or the West, though both Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich, placed in the top ten thanks to relatively strong rebounds.

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