The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published an article that includes an interactive unemployment rate map. The map has a slider that can be moved to adjust the year and month, and a play button to watch the rates change over time. The chart offers the ability to hover over any state and highlight the unemployment rate for the specific month and year. The chart starts in January 1976 when the unemployment data series began, and there is a legend with color coded rate brackets showing how unemployment rates fluctuate month over month. The recession in the early 1980’s and The Great Recession are apparent as most states rose above 8.1% unemployment.

You can view the article and chart here: