March 20, 2009
My father lived through the Great Depression. That was what we noted whenever he cheered when somebody got a job with the Post Office. “It’s a steady job,” he’d say. “The Post Office doesn’t lay people off. They have good health care, and a pension.”
That was then. My father died in 1988.
This is now.
Yeah, it’s that bad.
March 20, 2009
The Sacramento Bee, one of America’s great newspapers which we hope can stay in business through these tough times, today put up a map of California unemployment, county by county. The map shows unemployment changes over the past year with an interactive slide that makes it great for classroom use in economics, but makes it impossible for me to embed here (it’s in Adobe Flash).
California’s unemployment is at about 11% statewide. Colusa County’s unemployment is 26.6%. Two counties away, in Marin County, it’s only 6.8%
California economics classes can use their knowledge of agriculture and industry in the state to make educated guesses about what is going on in each county. Surely there are uses the rest of us can find. Colusa and Imperial Counties are two of the hardest hit — with the internet, can your students tell what that is going to mean for prices on fresh produce and processed foods?
This is where computers and the internet step out ahead in the education tilts, with tools like this interactive map. Thank you, SacBee. Can you give teachers a download?
Another unemployment map, national, for December 2008, The Swordpress