showing counties and unemployment vs time:
Note: I have no way of verifying if this is correct. But, it does seem to be somewhat realistic…scary too.
Interesting point is that the “blue” (DNC Controlled) states started out higher, then the cancer spread to the rest of the country..
Or maybe it just started in California because that's where the housing bubble first began to burst? Maybe Michigan had high unemployment because of structural changes in the economy since the 1980s?
Or maybe it's just easier to project a spurious relationship between unemployment and politics (although California has a Republican governor)? And Alaska started out really high on the unemployment scale, much higher than the national average, and we all know how much the far right love Sarah Palin….