The heat map below shows change in unemployment rates from 2008 to 2012 by county nationwide, along with which presidential candidate won the county in the 2008 election. The voting data is represented by color and shading while the unemployment data can be seen by hovering over individual counties.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate in September 2012 of 7.8 percent was 28 percent above the unemployment rate in September 2008.
That trend holds true across the vast majority of counties nationwide. Of all the metrics analyzed for the report, unemployment rates were the most consistently worse off in local markets across the country. A whopping 854 counties out of 919 analyzed documented an increase in unemployment rate from four years ago, representing 94 percent of the total.
Unemployment was down over the four-year period in 53 of the total counties analyzed, representing just 6 percent of the total.
Similar to the home price metric, counties that voted for the GOP presidential candidate in 2008 have fared slightly better, with 46 of them (9) percent documenting a decrease in unemployment while only 7 counties voting for the Democratic candidate (2 percent) reported decreasing unemployment over the four-year period.