Good Graph Friday: The geography of the job market

May 13, 2011 at 8:14 AM ET

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Once upon a time - back around 2006 -  there were a decent number of jobs being created in the United States, especially in booming places such as Texas, Arizona, Florida and southern California.

And then millions of those jobs got cut. And this is what it looked like:

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A compelling animated graphic from the economic development consulting firm TIP Strategies uses bubble graphics to show exactly how – and where -  the recession devastated the U.S. job market.

The animation, which runs from 2004 to January 2011, also offers a sobering illustration of how weak the current recovery has been, with only a handful of areas showing large bubbles of job gains.

Perhaps most worrisome are the little bubbles of red that appear in California and elsewhere, offering a stark reminder that some areas still are mired in job losses almost two years after the Great Recession officially ended.

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