Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cautionary Tales: The Geography of Recession

Sure, I could have waited until next Monday, which is the scheduled time for this series. But it would have gone viral by then, so what the hey. We got this one this morning from "Big Ron."

According to the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 31 million people currently unemployed* -- that's including those involuntarily working parttime and those who want a job, but have given up on trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession” as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the US economy from January 2007 -- approximately one year before the start of the recession -- to the most recent unemployment data available today.

Also featured here is a CNN interview with Ms Egwuekwe from last December.

For a larger view of the chart, go to the original page by clicking here. For more information, you may contact Ms Egwuekwe via email: latoya dot egwuekwe at yahoo dot com.

* Current as of May 1 2010.

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