Visualizing Unemployment in the USA
A visual depiction of unemployment, by County, for the entire United States, over the last 2.5 years.
Generally, I do not like to post about bad news or negative market influences, however, in this case I could not resist. As a professional geographer involved in the creation and utilization of map-based data I felt that this particular multi-media map makes excellent use of government statistics while employing (pun intended) very effective use of color and cartographic (map-making) principles. You will have to draw your own conclusions, but I think you will agree that this is an effective tool for the use that it was intended for. You can make statistics lie but they can also be used to analyze trends and for seeing patterns that might otherwise be obscured by the "facts".
Let's hope that the map gets lighter in the years ahead!