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Posted on Feb 1, 2012
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Geography is one of those seemingly stodgy fields that’s enjoyed an infusion of innovation in recent years, and here’s a sobering yet useful map of the U.S. to illustrate that point. Specifically, you’ll see how different zones of the country have fared in terms of long-term unemployment. Looking good, Middle America.  —KA

The employment distribution map is featured after the jump on The Atlantic’s page.

The Atlantic:

The areas marked in red are those where unemployment has remained at least two points worse than the national average for 20 years or more. Those marked in green are those where unemployment has been at least two points better (i.e., lower) than the national average for 20 years or more. The other color-coding is indicated according to the length of time that a particular area has had unemployment significantly above or below the national average.

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By ardee, February 3, 2012 at 4:14 am Link to this comment

Big B, February 2 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

Imagine what a national single payer healthcare system would do to empower workers in the US. And once the workers were empowered businesses would actually have to compete again for OUR services.

That one act could change the face of America.

Cart before horse I fear. First we have ot change the “face’ of capitalist America prior to enacting any change that erodes the power and profit motives of our ruling class.

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By Morpheus, February 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment

It’s ok to talk about it. But what and when in the hell are we going to do something about it. Your Turn!

FIGHT THE CAUSE - NOT THE SYMPTOM
Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

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By prisnersdilema, February 2, 2012 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

Thirty Two states in this country are facing bankruptcy. Some like IIlinois are larger than
Greece, Biooions of dollars in Debt, they cannot pay.

Meanwhile President Obama is massing troops on two Islands in the middle east for an
attack on Iran. The cost of this war will be paid for in Amerikan blood.

The financial cost will take social security, and result in Austerity, for all of us.

The owners of this country, would creep into your home in the middle of the night to slit
the throats of your children if there was a dime in it. Still that’s what they are doing with
the psyops they run daily in the media. Putting you into a hypnotic trance, to enable their
bloody larcenies and murder.

And robbing you blind with their empire of debt. They want to turn this nation into a slave
state..

Those ordained to die, in the next war await their fate, like prisoners on death row.

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By Big B, February 2, 2012 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

Imagine what a national single payer healthcare system would do to empower workers in the US. And once the workers were empowered businesses would actually have to compete again for OUR services.

That one act could change the face of america.

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By ardee, February 2, 2012 at 5:53 am Link to this comment

I believe that this is how capitalism has always functioned. With shrinking resources, growing populations, and increasing competition, the inherent instabilities and unfairness in that economic system are become much more manifest.

It is as natural as breathing that corporations purchase our elected officials, and it is as obvious that we the people have all of the power yet ,thus far, refuse to exercize said power.

I sadly think that this situation will see, in the fullness of time and the inevitability of further hardships, many of our lampposts having strange fruit hanging from them, CEO’s, CFO’s Congresspersons as well.

In order to combat this outcome I believe that third party growth is a solution.

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