Mapping State (Un)Employment Trends

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Mon, 06/20/2011 - 09:58 | 1384654 So Close
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LOL... Red states for un-employmnet = blue states in voting?  :-)

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:03 | 1384677 LawsofPhysics
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Not quite, those southern red states are red all around.  Thank you sir, may I have another?

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:30 | 1384755 jaffi
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Yes, I also noticed that there is no major correlation.  

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:39 | 1384775 sangell
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I think the only states that are green all have Republican governors. Scott in Florida. Jindal, Louisiana, Kasich in Ohio and a woman whose name escapes me right now in Arizona. That's a 100% correlation isn't it?

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:37 | 1384777 jaffi
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Only if you assume that the BLS figures are correct.  In my mind, BLS is a more proper shortening of the term "bullshit" than BS.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:45 | 1384791 sangell
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But wouldn't the BLS, if they are doctoring the data, do it in way that would not show a 100% correlation between improving employment and Republican governors? I think you are the one who can't look at data impartially!

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:17 | 1384831 jaffi
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I didn't say that they would skew the data based upon partisan politics, I just assume that the data is BS due to their methodology; in other words causation.  Also, you must remember that this data-map above is not based upon population, it is absolute data.  However, I did find that the partisan differential is pretty well even, with 11 Republican states showing red, and 2 Republican states showing orange out of a total of 26 red/orange states, with the rest being Democratic and 1 independent (as far as governors are concerned).  I don't know about the other green states, but I do know that Ohio has had dramatic increases in employment due to construction on the 4 casinos, Med Mart, and a lot of government construction (state and federal).   

As I said, there is no correlation in absolute figures.  While one could attempt to figure out the percentage of change based upon population and raw BLS data, I just do not see any reason for me to do that since I already assume ALL of the data is skewed due to methodology, plus I still don't think that you'll find a partisan correlation (esp. if computed over a longer term than one month).  

Sorry, I don't play that left/right game because I don't fall on the left or the right in the current spectrum of American politics.  

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:25 | 1384883 Quixotic_Not
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As much as I distrust and loathe the BLS, this data state-to-state seems to reflect what I'm seeing from my vantage point.

Concentrated corruption is driving business to states offering sanctuary against out-of-control politeers, voting parasites and .GOV union thuggery.

Also cost of living is a determinant of employee well-being, leading to productivity gains, in case you missed Business 101...

Although no one will be able to escape unscathed the treason expelled from the District of Criminals, there are options to lessen toxic .GOV exposure.

The looting will continue until morale improves! ~ U.S. Treasury motto 2008-2012

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 12:07 | 1385032 citta vritti
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+ 1 helping of rum, sodomy and the lash 

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 14:12 | 1385535 Buzz Fuzzel
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California & New York, the only two hot pink, nuff said.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 14:34 | 1385638 Zardinuk
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New York and California are all the correlation needed, no need to bust out the calculator. Strangly though, Illinois isn't red. I bet the reason for this is more interesting than I could imagine... I heard Cat corp. is about to bail on IL. That state is wrapped up with pipe cleaners and bailing wire, I'm guessing.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:15 | 1384881 LawsofPhysics
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No, again all those southern red states have republican governors. (California had republican governor until recently).  Stop the two party lie already troll.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:27 | 1384897 jaffi
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Oops, I forgot to count Hawaii.  Either way, there is no correlation based upon this map.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 12:57 | 1385156 goldfish1
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Kasich in Ohio trying to privatize roads and prisons...It's a sell off of what's left. The employment figure is pantload. Could it be the masses falling off the 99 week list?

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 16:07 | 1386155 Misstrial
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AZ Governor Jan Brewer.


Mon, 06/20/2011 - 09:59 | 1384658 SWRichmond
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Islands in the storm.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:00 | 1384665 ShankyS
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And why do we care when we know the data is complete bullshit?

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 09:59 | 1384674 docj
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Good question.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:18 | 1384730 Pure Evil
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That way, you know how big the lie is.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:00 | 1384666 DOT
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Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:02 | 1384672 Cognitive Dissonance
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Looks like the place to be is the upper mid west. Funny how that area also didn't fully participate in the excessive irrational exuberance. Overindulgence appears to be bad for you. Who would have thunk?

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:08 | 1384685 Sancho Ponzi
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Welcome to the United States of Agriculture. 

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:54 | 1384981 LawsofPhysics
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You are surprised?  It is the only thing that America has left to sell.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 12:45 | 1385126 Saxxon
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Better people there.  Many fewer undocumented guests and welfare hustlers.  It's cold in the winter so they know they have to work to eat.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 16:54 | 1386371 Max Hunter
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Looks like the place to be is the upper mid west

This may be because they have been hit so hard they may have reached bottom.. or something like that.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:03 | 1384675 pepperspray
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No wonder OH was so well represented on the Andrews golf course this weekend.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:03 | 1384678 uno
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Petroleum is the only hiring growth industry I can see.  Anyone know of another?

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:09 | 1384697 So Close
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Food stamps application processors?

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:12 | 1384714 Silver Dreamer
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MIC government and contracting is "helping" a lot in certain states.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:47 | 1384812 Richardk888
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Telecomm is doing good right long as all carriers are still getting the money to fund all of the 4G upgrades.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:58 | 1384830 snowball777
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Bulletcatcher and riot policeman.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:12 | 1384872 Prometheus418
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Defense contractors.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 13:40 | 1385358 uno
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Not sure they are on hiring growth, the business for the large ones seems to be steady.  Since there was so much hiring in the early 2000's its hard to grow more.  I guess Silicon Valley is still booming with the IPO frenzy.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 11:26 | 1384907 dugorama
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Agriculture production.  What else do we export?

I mean for which we get paid, intellectual property therefore doesn't count.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:10 | 1384687 LMAO
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Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:05 | 1384690 LMAO
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Wyoming experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment


Holy Batmobiles caped crusader, That's a green chute right there for anyone who is willing to jump.

I can't help but wonder why they didn't provide the name of the person who landed the job . . . I didn't know the BLS was hiring to begin with.


Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:13 | 1384718 kaiserhoff
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The Lonesome Cowboy Bar just hired a second stripper;)

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:42 | 1384794 LMAO
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Errrm, if that's the case I suspect somebody is going to get the sack at the fine age of 62 any day now.

There's no doubt what the revised number is going to tell us.

Nothing more than another skewed zero-sum' game after all.



Mon, 06/20/2011 - 12:54 | 1385145 NotApplicable
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I know a guy working a new job in Wyoming (along with several other people).

Of course, they are doing site surveys for gas companies who are going to frack the fuck out of the place. But since it's BLM land, it's no biggie.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:05 | 1384692 Version 7
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Government data. At least the map still appears to be truthful.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:18 | 1384720 Dick Darlington
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lol +1

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:25 | 1384741 Dr. Engali
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Obummer hasn't added the extra 7 states yet.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:31 | 1384758 Version 7
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Thanks! I knew something was wrong with the map!


Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:38 | 1384772 Version 7
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I've messed up. What a disgrace (I mean, Obama).

I can remember him saying he'd been in fifty 'something' states. "Two more to go" he added.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:05 | 1384694 Josh Randall
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Hmmm - AZ passes stringent illegal alien bills and all of a sudden they gain payroll jobs...verrrry interesting

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:30 | 1384762 Cognitive Dissonance
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Or it's just a dead cat bounce as the Ponzi 'liquidity' adrenaline gives the dying a few more hours to live.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:47 | 1384813 Cpl Hicks
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Dead cats don't bounce in AZ.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 12:30 | 1385080 Josh Randall
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I do live in AZ and I don't see any growth except in mining, the way the BLS manipulates numbers it probably is the attrition of illegals and rehiring of legals.

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:59 | 1384846 snowball777
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Step right up...who wants to give Senator McCain a nice rubdown...

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 12:57 | 1385152 NotApplicable
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Luckily for us all, he's going to need a drool wiper, and maybe even an ass wiper, too.

Green shoots are everywhere!

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