When you’ve looked for monthly unemployment data, you have probably noticed that you can pretty readily find those data sliced by race or gender. Sometimes you can find the data arranged by age group or by educational attainment.
But each of those dimensions — race or ethnicity, gender, age, and educational attainment — operate at once to create demographic composites for which the unemployment rate looks very different. For example, Hispanic men of any age with a bachelor’s degree now have a 12-month moving unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. For Hispanic men who are 16 to 25 and who are not high school graduates, on the other hand, that rate is now 22.3 percent.
Remapping Debate has created a striking new set of interactive tools to allow you to explore how each of these factors work together.
We analyzed unemployment data from the Current Population Survey of the Census Bureau (the data that are used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) from 2006 to the present. It is our intention to update these data each month.