Thursday, August 5, 2010

Animated U.S. Unemployment Map: A Horror Film

Check out this animated map that depicts the U.S. unemployment rates by county from January 2007 through May 2010.

You can watch as the unemployment spreads from both coasts inward, eventually engulfing the Great Plains. (Apparently Nebraska is the safest place to be right now.) The map turns red, purple and then black as unemployment hits record levels. The colors are reminiscent of a black eye, which is what this economy has given us.

The map is courtesy of The American Observer, the graduate journalism magazine published through American University's School of Communication.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, scary indeed. They could add some "haunted house-type" audio or "Jaws" music to the animation.