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My inclination is to flip the axes. I think we grasp "more" vs. "less" more readily along the horizontal axis than the vertical.


Works well for this data set. But what if two numbers were really close? Say for over 55, Men was -2.1% and Women was -2.0%.

David Schmitt

Using red/blue in the dot graph might be pose a problem for those of us who are color blind. Would it be better to use the ♂ and ♀ symbols?

Mike Anderson

I like the original better than your "disentangled" version! It works!

The only improvement I would make is to change the colors of the bars, and key them by similarly coloring the headings MEN and WOMEN.


I'd do that thing that upsets everybody, and join the dots with a line. A blue line for the men and a red line for the women would do two things: first, show a pattern across the age groups that is the same general shape for women and men, and second, show that the two lines do not cross. The change in employment for women is more positive than for men in all age groups.

The "All" dots I would make into a single line cutting across the age groups like a gridline.


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Derek: if I were to do a version, I'd do a profile chart too, and upset a bunch of people along the way.

David, and others: what I did here was just to disentangle. I did make one change which is to switch the bars to dots because I just cannot stand those overlapping bar charts with differing widths.

Mike: coloring the men/women labels helps a bit. I just don't like a negative number put on the positive side of the axis.

SB: if we don't print the data, and use a scale instead (as in my version), we don't have the problem of data being too close to each other

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