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Economy in Recovery? MSNBC’s Interactive Adversity Index

by on October 27, 2009

msnbc-adversity-indexA new interactive from MSNBC shows the employment, single family housing starts, housing prices, and production statistics from all 50 states and catalogs them as expanding, recovering, at risk, or in recession.  You can browse the data for the last 15 years and drill down to individual metro areas.

The Adversity Index, from msnbc.com and Moody’s Economy.com, measures the economic health of 381 metro areas and all 50 states. Each area is in recession, at risk, recovering or expanding. On this map you can explore changes in the four components of the index: employment, housing starts, housing prices and industrial production, each shown as a percentage change from a year earlier. (The change in housing prices will be updated at the end of the quarter.) Roll over a state to see its numbers. Click on a state to see details for its metro areas. Slide left or right to see data for different months. Click play to see all the months. Use the forward and back buttons to step a month at a time.

Interactive: Adversity Index – Adversity Index – MSNBC.com. via Chart Porn