Green is for healthcare, education and government; red is for manufacturing and trade; blue is for professional services; and yellow is retail and hospitality.

Massachussetts did not submit jobs data. Either that or they're just between millions of jobs right now. (via Robert Manduca)


If you like maps and data, you're really going to enjoy this project created by Harvard PhD student Robert Manduca. Inspired by the viral maps that used the 2010 Census to show every person in America as a dot color-coded by race (which showed how separately we still live in the 21st Century), Manduca used the 2010 Census data to create a color-coded, interactive map of every single job in America. For reasons that escape me (having to do with the Census itself), Massachussetts was not included in this extended data set. Also not shown are a lot of green dots that should be there, but aren't for security clearance reasons. More on that later.

This may seem like way too many green jobs. A lot of those are blue and yellow jobs right next to each other. (via Robert Manduca)

Although he expected to see that jobs had largely left downtown cores in America, Manduca was surprised by cities' resilience. Manhattan, for example, is literally filled with jobs, albeit almost 100% white-collar jobs. In some places, manufacturing remains strong or is even making a comeback, like in Brooklyn and Queens. In others, like Detroit, you can clearly see the decline of the urban core in the ring of red dots that represent manufacturing jobs that moved to suburbs around the city:

Sources: CityLab | Robert Manduca