According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 31 million people unemployed as of 8/5/2010 — that includes those involuntarily working part time and those who want a job, but have given up trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession,” as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S. economy from January 2007 — approximately one year before the start of the recession — to the most recent unemployment data available.
The darker the color, the more unemployment there is in the mapped area. Bright red is the dividing line between less than 6 percent and more than 6 percent unemployed. The darkest color indicates greater than 10 percent unemployment.