Andrew Van Dam and Renee Lightner of the Wall Street Journal have developed a pair of interactive data visualizations showing the rise and fall of unemployment rates since 1948—the first year with official data. Users can manipulate the visualizations to show the monthly changes in job count and percentage across 20 sectors, as well as overlay timelines of recessions to see how the job market was impacted.
Visualizing the Ebb and Flow of Jobs
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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