4 Views of American Joblessness [CARTOGRAMS]


Fifteen states had jobless rates below 5% in October, another sign that the job market continues to recover. Many of those states, though, are small — or, rather, they aren’t populous. Their collective labor force is smaller than California’s. And not all states are recovering at the same rate, as explained by these (unorthodox) maps, called “cartograms.” The states are sized by their civilian labor force populations, not actual shape, allowing a density-equalized view of the country. So state boundaries are skewed based on their relative density and number of workers. These four cartograms show trends in oblessness from the Great Depression til today.

See all four cartograms here.

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