Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Don's Bunny

 Hi Boys & Girls
It's Bunnies and Puzzles day

Boned Jello

Dom M Chief Barn Army Scout Don M sent this picture.  Taken during this year's Great Bunny Roundup in Big Sky Country (cowboys load up on pet bunnies to keep them company through the harsh winters).   But that's not what Don wants to tell us about.  This is. An evolving, county-by-county unemployment map of the US over the past two years.

Make of it what you will.  What I noticed was how the area around Washington DC manages to retain its harlequinned majesty.  Must be Gaia's chosen people, wot?
Boned Jello


Anonymous said...

...and that one county in southwest North Dakota. No change. But why?

Scottiebill said...

That county you are referring to in southwest North Dakota is Slope County. That low unemployment rate is very likely due to the huge upswing in drilling for oil in that area. Actually the drilling activity is pretty heavy in all of western North Dakota and eastern Montana from the Canadian border down into northwestern South Dakota to the Black Hills. I worked as an oil field truck driver for 23 years in that area, from 1959 through 1982, and saw that particular area boom all through the 60s and 70s. And the crude they are getting is low gravity and is mostly about the color of honey. It is top-grade stuff. And now the drilling is going down as far as 18000 to 20000 feet, and many are off-setting producing wells of anywhere from 9000 to 15000 feet, making the time for each rig on a hole much longer, in some cases up to 9 or 10 months, or longer if they run into trouble in the hole.

Arthur said...

As a cheesehead I concentrated on WI. Check out the one red square at the end. That would be Dane county - where the state government resides.

Jinglebob said...

The county in North Dakota has ranches and oil. Neither have been effected much by this as there are so few workers.

JeremyR said...

Several counties in the midwest show little change because of low populations and that they are ranch or farm country. Ranches don't see much swing because no matter what, people gotta eat and beef gotta be tended to.

All in all it was like watching a flower wither, the death started on the edge and slowly worked to the center.

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