We first ran the Geography of Job Loss in June 5th, 2009. Its time to update it:

Map below has been updated to reflect data through April 2011.

Click on the map to see the animation.

Source: TipsStrategies

Category: Digital Media, Employment

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6 Responses to “The Geography of Job Loss (Updated)”

  1. Nick Steno says:

    These are really interesting, very well done. I’m curious whether it’s possible to see the numbers offset by population growth as well. Meaning – if you add 20,000 jobs to Arizona, but at the same time add 50,000 people, then you might actually be in worse shape than adding no jobs but also no people to, say, Arkansas….just a thought experiment, really, but might be interesting to see too.

  2. Bruman says:

    I love these kinds of charts, and it’s stunning. There is one problem though:

    On this chart, the *diameter* of the circles are proportional to the net changes in jobs. When one does a chart like this, you really ought to have the AREA of the circles be proportional to the size of the changes, because that is how the mind interprets the size of the circles. So the effects of job losses are indeed stunning, but because the area of the circle increases with the square of the diameter (and job changes), the job losses are still dramatic, but not as dramatic as the large circles would make them appear.

    I’m not trying to undermine the basic message, which is still important, but I’ve seen this kind of chart used to make other things seem bigger and more scary than they really are.

  3. pintelho says:

    So doesn’t this shoot an arrow right through the idea of the “jobless recovery” on a net basis we have recovered most of the jobs lost during the crisis….if this is true then things are looking quite rosy indeed.

  4. NMR says:

    The worst losses are concentrated in the states with the worst real estate busts (apart from Michigan which is obviously auto related).

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