BY: SAMANTHA TAPP
We know that unemployment rates have been, and will continue to be, a national problem. The unemployment rates seem to rise and then fall just as quickly on a monthly basis. According to the Washington Post, America added 161,000 in October alone, lowering the unemployment rate to 4.9%. While the rates are based on a national scale, unemployment is much more prevalent in certain regions, regardless of the country’s average.
The Bureau of Labour Statistics estimates America’s unemployment average month-to-month. The animated map below is based on the country’s national unemployment averages from 1990 until 2016, highlighting the regions where unemployment is rampant. Check out the highs and lows of the nation’s job problems- pay special attention to the unemployment nightmare that is 2008 and how the average has slowly but surely improved to the 4.9% average that the nation holds today.