WSJ Unemployment Tracker

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Economy & Finance

The Wall Street Journal posted an interactive heat map to visualize the unemployment rate nationally over time. The backstory from the latest numbers: 

Under the government’s definitions, people only count as unemployed when they’re actively looking for work. So when the unemployment rate drops, it could mean that unemployed people found jobs, or it could mean that they gave up looking for work. The employment-population ratio, which measures how many people are actually working, is harder to fool.

Today’s jobs report carries good news on both fronts. The unemployment rate fell, and the employment-population ratio rose. That means the improvement in the labor market is real — people actually found jobs.

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  1. 1 when second game rained out

    Chris Capuano was able to get in four innings of work in the nightcap, holding the Reds to one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out three.

    After the first inning – which started with a game-time temperature of 47 degrees – the rest of the game was played in a pretty consistent downpour. Also there was more lightning on the horizon.

    The Reds opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Billy Hamilton who set a baseball record for stolen bases (155) in the minors last season singled, stole second, took third on catcher Ramon Castro throwing error and scored on a double by Ryan Ludwick.

    The Dodgers answered in the bottom of the inning with their own speed threat. Dee Gordon hit a ground-rule double, stole third and scored on Elian Herrera groundout despite the infield (mostly) playing in.

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