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Here’s an interactive U.S. map that tracks jobless rates since 2004

Hats off to the data geeks at the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. They produced a cool interactive (animated) US map tracking the rise and fall of unemployment rates since 2004.

As long as your browser can run basic scripts, this map should work for you.

For me, the cool part is watching the varying dark and light shades for the Northwest states and for bordering states Nevada and California.

Also, since Alaska is parked off a little from the rest of the map, it's easy to watch its rate change. Notably, it was hit by unemployment well before the rest of the country.

For what it's worth, I suggest spending a few minutes taking a look at the map.

The full link is below in case you couldn't jump in.

State jobless rate steady at 6.4 percent; Spokane at 7.9 percent

Washington state’s unemployment rate stayed stuck at 6.4 percent in February, state officials reported Wednesday.

The Employment Security Department also said Spokane’s jobless rate in January pushed up to 7.9 percent, a half percent higher than December.

Because the department goes through a revision of all 2013 data, it doesn’t release the January county and metro rates until mid-March.

Next week the department will release county and metro rates for February, said area Labor Economist Doug Tweedy.

The steady January statewide unemployment rate, combined with growth in payroll numbers, suggests Washington’s economy remains in growth mode, the employment security department said in a release. The state’s labor force of nearly 3.5 million rose by about 10,000 people over the past month, economists said.

In Spokane, Tweedy said the good news is seeing the year-over-year growth. The jobless rate in January 2013 was 9.7 percent, he said.

Spokane’s January job slippage was expected as part of seasonal job losses, he added, as stores shed retail workers and the construction sector slowed down.

From January 2013 to January 2014, Tweedy noted that five sectors showed notable growth: health care added 700 jobs; retail trade and private education each gained 600; financial services and construction gained 500.

The one loser in the past year: leisure and hospitality, down 400 jobs, Tweedy said

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