Unemployment, County by County By Catherine Rampell
Our graphics team has updated the interactive map of county-by-county unemployment rates to reflect January conditions.
Unemployment rates were generally higher across the country in January from December, and as a result, the graphics editors decided to add a new color category to the map key: one for counties with unemployment rates of 20 percent or higher.
As of January, there were 19 such counties, with six of them in Michigan. In December, only nine counties had jobless rates this high. (Keep in mind, though, that the county-level unemployment numbers are unfortunately not adjusted for seasonality, so good month-over-month comparisons are hard.)
As you’ll see, high unemployment rates were concentrated in the West (especially California and Oregon), in the Great Lakes area (especially Michigan), and the Southeast (especially South Carolina). The band stretching down the middle of the country — from North Dakota to Texas — was still relatively protected, as was West Virginia.
A screen grab is below; click on the image to go to the interactive version.