Here is a rundown of the change in both jobs and unemployment in the Midwester states from December 2007 to November 2008.
The charts below show two ways to look at jobs in the United States. The first is to count the number of people working. The second is to count the number of people who are unemployed and looking for work.
The Yonder breaks these figures down by the rural, urban and exurban counties within each state. Employment figures — the number of people working — come first. The second chart shows the change in those who are unemployed — the number of people looking for a job.
First, we have the figures on employment:
Second, we have the figures on unemployment: