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Ohio's stimulus & unemployment, visualized


The brilliant folks at were looking at the map and tables at ProPublica and started wondering "exactly what percentage of each state’s unemployment problem would be hypothetically solved by the total stimulus package."

They came up with this map. (Click on images to go to the full-size version on's website.)

They do warn it is difficult to peg down the actual unemployment rates, referring reader to a previous posting, the recent Visual Guide to Unemployment. It's entertaining as well as informative, particularly if you fall into the category of underemployed or discouraged workers.

According to the graph, Ohio stands to recoup 31% of its lost jobs. If, that is, the laid off auto workers and waitresses and lawyers and journalists can be retrained to lay blacktop.

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