The data set shows very interesting patterns. The coastal states got hit hard by the housing crisis, so their unemployment rates are worse than the rest of the U.S. You will probably notice that Michigan, house of GM, Ford and Chrysler, is doing pretty bad. In fact, it has the highest unemployment rate as of October 2008. The only state that shares the same honor with Michigan is Rhode Island with 9.3 percent unemployment.
The coding part of the project took me about a day to write. Kriss Chaumont designed the layout and manipulated the data. We will keep updating the map every month when the new data comes out.