The many faces of unemployment

Last Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate hit 10.2% in October, the highest rate since April 1983. But the headline number masks the fact that various groups within the economy are experiencing dramatically different rates of unemployment. To illustrate these differences, Shan Carter, Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy of the New York Times put together the following interactive graphic.

Trust me...this is worth taking a few minutes to explore. Click on the chart to go to the original on the New York Times website.

Please note that this graph plots 12-month average unemployment rates. Twelve month averages are used to avoid data problems with various small sub-groups.