Surviving on minimum wage

As most of us know, it’s not easy getting by on minimum wage, and in some places it’s not possible. The New York Times provides a calculator to see how challenging it can be.

A simple visual on the right shows dollars made per year, one box per dollar colored green initially and then red to signal debt. It’s a good way to make the numbers more relatable. Select a state, enter expenses, and watch dollars disappear, and most likely you’ll end up in the red early.

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Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016.

Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.

Watching the growth of Walmart – now with 100% more Sam’s Club

The ever so popular Walmart growth map gets an update, and yes, it still looks like a wildfire. Sam’s Club follows soon after, although not nearly as vigorously.

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.