A blood-red visual record of the unemployment crisis

This week, as Colorado officials reported record state unemployment percentages, Slate posted a remarkable interactive map of jobs lost around the country over the last two years.

The map animates the shift as the financial system cracked and the Bush Administration floundered, each of the states bleeding from “jobs-gained” blue to “jobs-lost” red, presenting a slow-motion slasher-movie kind of horror, only worse for it all being real and with no end in sight.

Click on the image to go to the interactive map. (Illustration/Slate.com)

Click on the image to go to the interactive map. (Illustration/Slate.com)

Keep your eyes on Colorado as the map changes and behold the visual record of the state budget crisis that amazingly brought lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the House together yesterday.

In Denver, the numbers are telling:
8,700 thousand jobs gained from Jan 2006 to Jan 2007;
6,000 jobs gained from Jan 2007 to Jan 2008;
14,000 jobs lost from Jan 2008 to Jan 2009, when Obama took office.

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