Saturday, November 14, 2009

Picturing Unemployment

The Jobless Rate for People Like You - Interactive Graphic -

The NYT did this very interesting interactive chart allowing you to see the unemployment rates for various combinations of race, sex, age and education (72 groups in all).

The Wall Street Journal also had an interesting look at unemployment since 1948, but apparently the graphic is no longer available at the WSJ site. Here is a post that features part of the static graphic and offers a few comments.

Discuss: 1) What else might the NYT chart offer as options? 2) Given the CPS data used by NYT, what else might you do to visualize unemployment? 3) The WSJ graph is unusual because it converts a timeseries into a rectangular grid. What is gained and lost by this?

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