Jobs and Earnings in the U.S. 2001-2013
A couple weeks ago, I helped create a couple of dashboards in collaboration with Careerbuilder and EMSI. You can view them here. We came up with some cool stuff, but I was really sad that they weren’t interested in using what ended up being my favorite graph I made. But, it didn’t really fit in with the story they were making. Luckily, they didn’t mind if I reposted it here, so that’s what I’m doing.
The viz is showing how the number of jobs and average earnings per job for a number of industries and sub-industries have changed. I created it using a basic scatter plot with year on pages. By allowing the pages shelf to “Show history” I created dotted line trails to show the path that each industry took over the 12 years of data. I thought this was a really interesting view since you can almost see the “shape” that an industry took during this tumultuous time in our economic history. As I mentioned, the data in courtesy of EMSI. All the monetary amounts are adjusted to 2013 dollars.
Check it out:
Here’s a few of the findings I found interesting:
- Construction jobs were growing steadily until the housing market crash in 2008/2009. You can see the path take almost a u-turn. Interestingly enough, wages still went up.
- Many of the wealthier industries- management, mining, and utilities- have gained almost no new jobs but have seen a huge increase in pay. Most of these industries took a dip in 2009 and bounced right back up.
- It’s easy to see the decline of manufacturing jobs in this view. It’s also easy to see why the loss those jobs scare the American populous so much; it’s solidly in the upper half of industries pay-wise.
Since pages don’t have the play controls when published to Tableau Public, you are missing out on watching the fun animation. So, I created a little gif action for you to get hypnotized by: