Sixty-one of the largest U.S. cities in the nation came out of the Recession facing a gap of more than $217 billion between the pension and health care benefits they promised to pay workers and the funds they saved to pay those bills, a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found.

The 55-page report, entitled A Widening Gap in Cities Shortfalls in Funding for Pensions and Retiree Health Care, examined the comprehensive annual financial reports of cities located in all 50 states, but could only get a complete set of data for fiscal years through 2009.  The report, however, includes 2010 data for 40 cities.

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