Data visualization of the day, unemployment edition

By Felix Salmon
April 15, 2009

Chris Wilson has the best graph of the day: an interactive map of US job losses since the beginning of 2007. Play the whole thing through once, and then take a closer look at what happens from month to month — especially from April 2008 to February 2009. And pity poor Detroit.

I do have a question about the scale, though: the “50,000 jobs” circle seems as though it has a much larger area than five of the “10,000 jobs” circles would have. But I don’t think they’re being silly and just working on the radius or the diameter, either. I wonder what they used for that.

Update: Chris Wilson provides graphical proof that the areas are right!

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