Unemployment in the US

Slate put up a cool interactive graphic of unemployment by county in the US. It’s pretty depressing. I’d hate to have to be looking for a job right now. None of this bodes well for the election, which is going to give us the largest collection of extreme right elements in Congress that we’ve ever seen.

This is just a screen shot, but clicking on it will take you to the actual Slate page:

About Pete Larson

Researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Lecturer in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I do epidemiology, public health, GIS, health disparities and environmental justice. I also do music and weird stuff.

2 responses to “Unemployment in the US”

  1. teacherpatti says :

    I know this would be extremely difficult to do, but I’d like to see how many “jobs gained” were by people working part-time or making significantly less. For example, a unionized teacher might have got a job as a tutor, but now she’s making $60 per day instead of $200 or whatever. Or a manufacturer might be working at Walmart for 1/4 the pay, no benefits. Again, I realize that would involve a lot of research but it would be interesting.

  2. Pete Larson says :

    That would be the question of the day. More, it would be interesting to see how wages have fallen historically as a function of unemployment. I would assume that a desperate populace would be feeding a drop in pay.

    I don’t know how much data they keep on job losses by wage class, but it would be interesting to see.

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