Policy: Labor

40 years of unemployment in one hypnotizing graphic

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U.S. unemployment has fluctuated significantly over the past 40 years, falling and rising again as control of the White House has switched between Democrats and Republicans.

And as certain presidents enjoyed low unemployment rates, thanks in part to robust economies and business-friendly administrations, others obviously experienced the exact opposite.

You can probably recall which presidents oversaw low unemployment rates and which suffered through poor job growth, but it's always useful to visualize the data.

So, to that end, here's a cool graphic from Movoto Real Estate, an online brokerage firm.

“Starting with Jimmy Carter's presidency in 1978 and going through Barack Obama's term as of April 2014, we created over 400 maps outlining the monthly unemployment rate of each state as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,” the group explained.

“It’s important to note that the methods the BLS uses for calculating the unemployment rate have changed/improved throughout the years, which could have an impact on the reported rates.”

The graphic is also based on data gathered from both the White House and the Washington Post.


You can read more on the U.S. unemployment rate under the past six presidents here.
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