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The Geography of U.S. Unemployment

Some quick remarks on the unevenness of the U.S. economic recovery.

Here’s a map showing the average unemployment rate over the last year by U.S. county. Things are back to normal along a swath through the middle of the country, but still fairly bleak elsewhere, particularly for example here in California.

Source: BLS.

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Calculated Risk also prepared this interesting graphic comparing current unemployment rates by state (in red) with the maximum achieved during the recession (in blue). Karl Smith comments on some related graphs.

Source: Calculated Risk.

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The states which had experienced the biggest run-up in real-estate prices between 2000 and 2005– California, Rhode Island, Nevada, and Florida– were among those hit hardest by the recession and today are the places having the most difficult time recovering. That observation is consistent with the claim that the recession was fundamentally a spending shock, with the ongoing deleveraging in affected regions a main factor holding back spending. I would emphasize another point, however, which is that it is not easy for unemployed Californians to take the jobs currently available in North Dakota, just as it’s hard for a skilled former construction worker in California to find something else to do where that person could be nearly as productive as he or she used to be. The ongoing housing slump is not just a drag on aggregate demand, but also a key part of why life remains tough for a number of real people with real histories and particular jobs they may still be hoping to get back to.

This post originally appeared at Econbrowser and is posted with permission.

5 Responses to “The Geography of U.S. Unemployment”

JMeDieManApril 26th, 2012 at 9:56 am

The charts are graphically appealing, but based on BOL stats, which do not reflect the labor pool.

People dropped out of the work force, not in the unemployment line, not in the charts.
Under employed (part time employed, but seeking full time) are not included.
50% of college graduates that can't find jobs….you guessed it, not included.

Add 2-3% to these figures and you are getting close to reality.

Always remember, the Federal Govt is not about reality. They are about spinning your view of reality to their own means, which is serving Corporations and Bankers.

RobertJune 8th, 2012 at 3:52 pm

unemployment problem is a great problem in any country.you blog is helpful to work less people.I found this cool Out of Work parody to Katy Perry's Firework. Can't decide if it makes me feel better or worse about being out of work.

RobertJune 9th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

unemployment problem is a great problem in any country.This blog is so so helpful to work less people.I found this cool Out of Work parody to Katy Perry's Firework. Can't decide if it makes me feel better or worse about being out of work.

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