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Data Stories: Employment Gains and Losses, Job Satisfaction, and Job Trends

These visualizations explore employment across different sectors, factors that affect job satisfaction, and the most common jobs across the U.S.

Tracking Job Gains and Losses

WSJ Employment graphs 

How many ways can you look at the effect of a recession? The Wall Street Journal’s graphics team marked recessions on these interactive graphs that show the national unemployment rate and how various sectors gained and lost jobs recently.


How Satisfied Are You in Your Job?

Sokanu job satisfaction 

Career testing provider Sokanu uses the data it has collected -- over 60 thousand career ratings -- to explore what factors actually affect job satisfaction. Here’s a hint: creativity matters more than salary.


The Most Common Jobs Change with the Times

NPR Planet Money 

NPR’s Planet Money blog uses census data to show the most common job in each state in the U.S. and how that job has shifted over time. Be sure to read the explanations for the rise and fall of secretarial work and why truck drivers are so prevalent (for now).

About the Author

Lindsay Stares is a production editor at TDWI. You can contact her here.

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