It’s no surprise that people are losing jobs all over the US. Every day we hear reports of factories closing and people being laid off, but just how many? Chris Wilson at Slate magazine tackles this with an animated visualization of job gains and losses between January 2007 to February 2009, that shows in stark detail the downturn in jobs.
Using the Labor Department’s local area unemployment statistics, Slate presents the recession as told by unemployment numbers for each county in America. Because the data are not seasonally adjusted for natural employment cycles throughout the year, the numbers you see show the change in the number of people employed compared with the same month in the previous year.