Many Eyes continues to be my new favorite toy. Just in time to be ignored by people on the East Coast, here's a picture of the rate of direct employment in the auto sector (autos, plus auto parts, plus "auto and trailer body"), for those states where the BLS has statistics. This isn't just about Michigan, it's about Ohio and Indiana as well (Kentucky, as a right-to-work-for-less state, mostly employs people working for foreign car compainies). I can't see the GOP really wanting to lose ground there.
Many of those jobs are with foreign auto companies, as in Alabama, so the map doesn't indicate states that should support the bail-out most.
Cool - informative map.
And I've got to look into that many eyes thing. When making maps I've been using the Google Chart API, but it can be a bit of a hassle. Plus I like this possibility of having only the states (or countries) you have data for show up on your map in the first place.
Btw, Patrick Ottenhoff at the Electoral Map has misguided commentary, but also more interesting maps, about this subject.
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