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Where Are The Jobs? - Robert ManducaRobert Manduca

Where Are The Jobs?

jobsmapEver since I learned about the Census LEHD data I’ve been wondering what a full map of all the jobs in the United States would look like. It took until winter break, but I’ve finally managed to put one together. Heavily inspired by the Racial Dot Map, this visualization plots one dot for every job in the United States (based on the counts of jobs by census block).

Looking at jobs this way gives a nice sense of the urban structure–you can really see how concentrated jobs are in certain parts of metro areas, and how different sectors have markedly different spatial distributions.

Launch Visualization


  1. It is interesting how the only state without data is Massachusets.

  2. Robert- Thanks for this. W’re also exploring the potential of LEHD. Any plans to use 2002…2012 time series to see how the spatial distribution has changed over time in local areas? Something we are very interested in in Northeast Ohio (many others nationally are too), as outward sprawl may have stalled in recession but is continuing with recovery. Hope to stay in touch.

  3. Cool visualization!

    Thanks for including the link to The Racial Dot Map, which includes a link to the GitHub repo for the Python & Processing code (https://github.com/unorthodox123/RacialDotMap).

    Riffing on the title of the blog post, where is the code for “Where are the Jobs?”?

  4. Neil Bombardier

    Loved the visualisation Robert, just curious about the data I know the US census has a decade cycle but does the bureau update this data set in-between censuses?

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