By Chris | July 25, 2010
You may have noticed an Unemployment link now appears in the header. Give it a click. I have created a dynamic map of the United States that automatically shows the most recently reported unemployment rate in every state. States are color coded based on their current value. The data comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis which makes an API available for free.
The cool thing about the map is that it is always up-to-date. When next month’s figures are released, it will automatically change. Please comment with any suggestions on how to make it better. If you’re interested in building your own state intensity maps, take a look this tool (which I also built). You can also email me for advice on how to make a fully dynamic map. In the future I hope to make a similar map at the county level.