I’m fascinated by data visualization. Expressing complex ideas in a simple way is immensely powerful. In my post yesterday, I linked to a county-by-county time lapse of unemployment rates. I’ve found some interesting images (complete with a thorough explanation) examining the U.S. economy. The article is interesting, but the images, if you’ll pardon the cliché, really are worth a thousand words. A sample of images is included below–visit the full article for more.
Mass-layoff events for 2008-2009:
Percentage of workforce employed in manufacturing (2006):
A while ago, I asked how government would change if budgets were presented visually. In a similar vein, how would education change if achievement data were also presented visually? Would our decisions change? Why?
Daring Fireball pointed to this county-by-county time lapse of unemployment rates. Fascinating. It explains some of the differences I’ve observed in the move from Utah to Georgia.
A few things to notice:
- Because each frame is a 12-month running average, the map doesn’t show whether some counties have started to pull out of high unemployment.
- Michigan and Oregon were hurting before the bust really got started.
- What makes the Rocky Mountain states (the swath starting at Montana and the Dakotas and moving South) have lower unemployment from start to finish?