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.
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.