Continuing to work through the pile of submissions, here is Jeannie C. recommending one of my favorite economics charts. The economics blogs are generating lots of charts, many of which uninspiring and run-of-the-mill but this one about the jobs picture, relative to past recessions, truly paints a harrowing story. (Looks like TPM took the chart from Business Insider but this chart has appeared everywhere).
Two small improvements I'd make to the chart:
- Instead of a rainbow of colors, should use a foreground-background concept. Have all the past recessions in gray, and the current one in red. This change necessitates a change in curve labeling strategy: should affix the year labels directly on the 0% line above the curves. Doing so eliminates the head shakes needed to find the year of the curve.
- Smoothing out some of the curves will help remove clutter without harming the central message of the chart.