From TIP Strategies, comes this fascinating animation showing the regional job losses over the past 5 years, covering the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country:


Fascinating stuff — if only it were more regularly updated (I’ve asked them to add April and May data to the animation).

Here’s TIP Strategies description:

This animated map provides a striking visual of employment trends over the last business cycle using net change in jobs from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on a rolling 12-month basis. We used this approach to provide the smoothest possible visual depiction of ongoing employment dynamics at the MSA level. By animating the data, the map highlights a number of concurrent trends leading up to the nation’s present economic crisis. The graphic highlights the 100 largest metropolitan areas so that regional trends can be more easily identified.

Thanks, A (a reader from Europe)!


The Geography of Jobs
TIP Strategies, April 28, 2009

Category: Data Analysis, Employment

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19 Responses to “The Geography of Job Loss”

  1. Mr. C. Cheese says:

    Tampa, Florida 31, 300……. 31, 000 of those where strippers who left after the Super Bowl !!!!

    Can anybody give me an 12 pm traffic update out of the city towards Loooong Island….see if the fat cats are leaving early on Summer Friday!

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  3. gnomic says:

    The numbers are highly suspect. I live in one of the regions that has gains… and there haven’t been any gains around here, just a lot of layoffs and closings.

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  5. willid3 says:

    i agree with GNOMIC. the areas i live shows have job growth but there has been very little of that that here.
    maybe it was temporary jobs (construction) that come and go very quickly.

  6. bergsten says:

    The biggest green circles are in entertainment and government (got no explanation for Florida).

    The biggest red circles are in finance, manufacturing, and technology.

    It’s GOOD to be a Democrat!

  7. ToddMS says:

    I think this might be an even more interesting chart if they made this a job loss per capita chart, which might better reflect the true misery of certain areas… i.e. 500,000 jobs in California is less meaningful than 200,000 jobs in Rhode Island, etc…

  8. Pat G. says:

    Interesting. If the graph is correct, it appears that the “gains” occured mostly where the foreclosure rate was/is the worst.

  9. bcarney says:

    Wake up America!! These are job gains in the government sector or other low paying part time service sector positons which the chart does not specify. These are not manufacturing or other areas that employ the average well paid worker living the American Dream. Look at the areas of the country where the gains are located. Are these the high paying jobs our country has shed? Technology, manufacturing, engineering, automotive, industrial, CALL CENTERS, mid technology jobs, your, and my job????? Is the continuous job drain going to spread to education and medical positions as employees continue to loose benefits and their ability to pay taxes at a high income rate? Do the salaries in the markets gained compare to what was lost dollar for dollar in other regions? Highly doubtful. State governments are colapsing because of lack of revenue from these high paying jobs. Are these jobs paying the same tax base the jobs shed paid??? What standard of living are we driving toward? Are we to become the automotive worker in Japan living in a dorm and working in the factory. Is this Quality Human life? We are in a situation of extreme deflation in salary, home owner assets (the single largest asset the average person has in the US), and personal retirement savings. Where has all the money gone?????? Someone is picking up the slack. The reason the jobs gained occured mostly where the foreclosure rate was the worst is because people were willing to take any job no matter what the hourly rate is to feed their family. This chart does not disclose the average salary gains nor pay for these positions. Let’s not celebrate success when it is failure. The world cannot be flat.

  10. …and when they lose their homes this is where NYC puts them

    City turns upscale building in Crown Heights into homeless shelter

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  11. P.S. to that. I wasn’t laughing at the homeless. I was laughing at the $2,700 per month the bureaucrats managed to spend on those places

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  15. dragonpaw says:

    Red dots,
    Green dots,
    Black and blue spots;
    All trumped up by D.C. hot-shots; a.k.a. BLS (omit “Labor”; leave pure b.s.)

  16. geopower says:

    a quibble with the visual representation of job losses- I know you didn’t build this graph, but it is still misleading.
    The graph represents job gains and losses as solid circles with area, but the job losses they represent do not scale with the area of the circle- the immediately visible cue- but with the diameter of the circle. This means that a circle representing twice as many jobs gained or lost has an area 4 times greater- visually overrepresenting larger gains and losses.
    It would be better to either have pseudo 1-d bar charts to represent job gains and losses, or to scale the area of the circles with gains and losses rather than diameter.

  17. geopower says:

    and also, Slate already built a map that doesn’t have these scale issues:

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