So Many Lines, So Little Work
Information graphics are designed to clarify our view of difficult data. On this day before Labor Day, here’s a fever chart from Calculated Risk that clarifies to a fault. (Thanks to Phil Patton.)
This graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession, in percentage terms – this time aligned at the bottom of the recession (Both the 1991 and 2001 recessions were flat at the bottom, so the choice was a little arbitrary). The dotted line shows the impact of Census hiring. In August, there were only 82,000 temporary 2010 Census workers still on the payroll. The number of Census workers will continue to decline – and the remaining gap between the solid and dashed red lines will be gone soon.
However, if you’re looking for light somewhere inside the tunnel. Calculated Risk surmises:
The underlying details of the employment report were mixed. The positives: the upward revisions to the June and July reports, a slight increase in hours worked for manufacturing employees (flat for all employees), an increase in hourly wages, and the decrease in the long term unemployed. Other positives include the slight increase in the employment-population ratio and the participation rate.
About Steven Heller
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →