Interactive View: How the Job Market Differs by State – Real Time Economics

When it comes to unemployment, it’s clear that all states aren’t performing equally. North Dakota’s jobless rate stands at just 2.6%, for example, while more than 8% of Nevadans in the labor market can’t find work.

Each state also has subtle differences in its employment sectors — a fact that’s clear in a new interactive graphic by statistician and author Nathan Yau.

Yau, who runs the data visualization and statistics blog, recently created an interactive “treemap“ to illustrate each state’s different job categories and wages. Users can select states and watch the graphic change depending on the proportion of each job type and each profession’s median income.

Here’s the national view, for example, with larger boxes representing the respective size of each job category (and its various subcategories inside) and the yellow color representing jobs that come with a median salary at or above $40,000.

Nationally, office and administrative support jobs are most common. Notice the size of the “construction and extraction” box, too:

Selecting North Dakota, which is experiening a natural gas boom that has kept its unemployment rate low, changes the graphic’s shape. Notice the “construction and extraction” section now. It’s a much larger proportion of the state’s overall jobs picture:

Another dramatic change occurs when selecting the District of Columbia. Notice the proportionally large group of lawyers working in the nation’s capital:

Explore the graphic on your own to spot other trends. To create it, Yau used data from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which surveys establishments to collect counts of jobs by sector and wage. You can download the data here.



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