Continuing the website/article suggestions, a few quick ones about the economy.
First, a great, short multimedia presentation simply showing a county by county visual picture of unemployment numbers growing since the start of 2007. It’s pretty eerie how the country gets darker and darker (representing higher unemployment) as the recession begins and continues. And we’re supposed to have at least two more years of these high unemployment numbers? Good luck! The Decline: The Geography of a Recession
Second, Forbes magazine does a lot of “lists,” and I came across this one detailing America’s 20 Most Miserable Cities. Of note, 5 of the top 20 are Northern Ohio cities (Cleveland, Canton, Akron, Toledo, and Youngstown), with another 5 coming along the same line in northern Illinois and Indiana (Chicago, Rockford, and Gary) and southern Michigan (Detroit and Flint). Apparently the area between Iowa’s Quad Cities and Pittsburgh, PA is not a good place to live (even if I’ve enjoyed the approximately 23 of my 28 years living there)!