Category Archives: Animated Graphs

Unemployment and Underemployment since 2002

As dismal as the unemployment rate (peaking nationally at 10 percent in October 2009 and now stuck at over 8 percent) has been in recent years, it does not capture the extent of the damage done by the recession.  Understated … Continue reading

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Robber Barons Revisited, Revised

My post earlier this week, tracing corporate profits and wages as a share of gross domestic product, offered a crude measure of the growing share claimed by profit and the declining share claimed by workers.  But, as my real economist … Continue reading

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Last Among Equals: Unions and Inequality in the OECD

Recent posts have emphasized the close link between declining union coverage and rising inequality in the US–over the last century, and across the individual states. This graphic puts the US pattern in an international context. The vertical axis plots union … Continue reading

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Coming up for Air: Job Loss and Recovery in Postwar Recessions (updated August 2012)

This is, by now, a pretty familiar visual.  But it does drive home the exceptional depth and duration of the recession that began in 2007. Even if the national economy adds 208,00 jobs per month (the average monthly rate for … Continue reading

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Patterns of Unemployment by State, 1976-2012

From The Guardian’s data visualization guru Joe Mako. The Guardian’s description: This graph plots “unemployment relative to the national average for every US state between 1976 and 2012. The aptly named horizon chart represents values using both colour and dimensions. … Continue reading

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Unions, Inequality, and Right to Work, interactive graphic

This graphic shows the relationship between union decline and income inequality by state. Union coverage runs along the horizontal axis, with higher union coverage to the right. Inequality, measured by the Gini coefficient, runs up the vertical axis, with greater … Continue reading

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Unions and Shared Prosperity, 1918-2010

The story of the last century in one graph. This is the graph we used as the basis for the Economic Policy Institute Snapshot, As unions decline, inequality rises; and the EPI “Working Economics” post  Union decline and rising inequality in … Continue reading

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Unions and Inequality in the States, 1979-2009

An animated graph plotting income inequality and union coverage.   Union coverage rates from Barry Hirsch and David Macpherson, unionstats.com; Gini cooefficient for household income by state US Census Bureau for 1979-1999 and American Community Survey for 2009

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Household Inequality, 1979-2007

An animated version of the new CBO figures, showing dramatic spikes in income at the top of the spectrum Congressional Budget Office, Trends in the Distribution of Household Income between 1979 and 2007 (October 2011); downloadable data is HERE.

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Fatter Cats: Trends in CEO Pay

The rich get richer . . . . The historical trajectory in executive pay is based on Carola Frydman and Raven Sakes, “Historical Trends in Executive Compensation, 1936-2005,” (2007).  The ratio of CEO to worker compensation is based on the … Continue reading

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