Nationally, the U.S. unemployment is high, but that story is wildly different across each state. Whereas Nevada’s unemployment rate is 12%, Nebraska’s—an equally-sized state—is only 4%. The Guardian’s
John Burn-Murdoch* Joe Mako plotted the difference between each state’s unemployment and the national average to highlight the dispersion of joblessness across the U.S.
Not all recessions are the same, however. Each recession affects specific sectors and, therefore, specific states. The recession in the early 80s limited the money supply, so farmers and ranchers had less funds. West Virginia, Alabama, and even Iowa and Wyoming had higher-than-average unemployment rates. The most recent recession which boiled-up through a hot real estate market pushed Nevada’s—who had the largest housing boom—unemployment rate far above the national average.
*No, he isn’t a maniacally evil offspring of Rupert Murdoch and Montgomery Burns.