Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

Unemployed: America’s 35 Hardest Hit Cities

Today the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest unemployment numbers with the unemployment rate holding steady at 9.7%. If you look at the underlying numbers, the actual rate is 9.749%, so they barely skirted an increase in the rate. As we have pointed out in the past, the numbers for March need […]

The Unemployment Situation in Perspective

The online magazine Mint has posted a new interactive infographic called The Employment Situation in Perspective. I applaud the fact that they included information about the employed, unemployed, and those not in the labor force. The problem begins with the use of a stacked chart. The problem with stacked charts is that it is difficult […]


Correlation does not imply Causation

It bears repeating once again that Correlation does not imply Causation. We are back again, with the dueling charts that attempt to show one political party in the United States is better than another political party based on government statistics plotted against who is in power. The first chart to the right is one that […]

American Idle – Part 3

On March 5th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7%. At the same time, the BLS reported that 36,000 jobs were lost. If you take into account that the Census hired 15,000 people, then the jobs lost would have been 51,000. The reason that the employment […]


Outlook Brightens for Jobless

The Wall Street Journal has an interactive infographic showing the job losses from December 2007 through February 2010. They break down the increase in unemployment by sexes, and by race. The one exception are Asians, where they combined the two sexes together. I guess that the reason they do that is that otherwise the numbers […]

American Idle – Part 2

On February 5th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate fell to 9.7% from 10.0%. While I am more than happy that fewer people are unemployed, I have reasons to be skeptical. The problem is that we read news reports of continued job losses, yet we also hear that the […]


A Decade of Unemployment

VisualEconomics has posted an infographic showing a decade of unemployment. The problem with using a map of the United States to show unemployment is that it limits you to just a few snapshots in time. In this case, the snapshot is limited to the years 2000, 2005, and 2009. However, it does not take much […]

American Idle – Part 1

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, would have us take a look at the job losses as report by the BLS, and correlate them with the President of the United States. From the bar chart to the right, one could mistakenly make the case that President Bush caused all the job losses, and President Obama […]

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U.S. May Lose 824,000 Jobs as Employment Data Revised

Bloomberg has an interactive graphic showing that more jobs were lost during the recession than was previously thought. Every month the government releases unemployment numbers. In those numbers are a estimate of the number of jobs created and number of jobs lost. This is called the Birth/Death model. The Birth/Death model for all of 2009, […]
Unemployment on a County Level

When Did Your County’s Jobs Disappear?

Slate has taken the Local Area Unemployment Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to create an information visualization showing the jobs lost over the past two years. Blue circles indicate that jobs were gained. Red circles indicate that jobs were lost. The size of the circle indicates the magnitude of change. The visualization […]

Infographic as Real Unemployment nears 18%

The Business Intelligence Guru has a great chart showing the trends in unemployment data broken down by region, market, and various other demographic segments which he updates every month.  Just now updated for October, and he updates it every month. Real Unemployment nears 18%, over 25MM Americans jobless. | Real Business Intelligence. via ChartPorn

Unemployment, 2004 to Present – The Country is Bleeding

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released the most recent unemployment figures, and Nathan of FlowingData compiled the last 6 years into a great collection of graphs that are rather poetically described by his younger sister. I showed my younger sister the maps. Her response: “It looks like the country is bleeding.” While […]