Line Charts

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Common Ground Between North and South Korea: Aging and Shrinking Populations

The birth rate in South Korea, where I live and work, hit a record low this year, leading to concern about the impact an aging (and, eventually, shrinking) population might have on the nation’s society and economy. These charts show the long-term trends, both in actual population and projected changes, according to United Nations data. I’ve added North Korea, which actually has a higher fertility rate today, for context. First,...

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Four Decades of State Unemployment Rates, in Small Multiples, Part 2

I posted recently about how the state-by-state unemployment rate has changed during my lifetime. The result was a small multiples grid that put the states in context with one another. Today I’ve created a new version aimed at identifying more precisely how each state has differed from the national unemployment rate during the last four decades. The lines show the percentage point difference — above (worst) or below (better) — from...

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Four Decades of State Unemployment Rates, in Small Multiples

There’s good news this week in the monthly jobs report, the latest sign that the economy, however grudgingly, has healed from the financial crisis nine years ago: The unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, the Labor Department said, from 4.9 percent. The last time it was this low was August 2007. That was the month, you may recall, when global money markets first froze up because of losses on United...

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Charting Historical Voter Turnout

As FiveThirtyEight notes, turnout in the 2016 presidential election isn’t dramatically lower than it was four years ago, according to the latest estimates. And with many mail-in and provision ballots still being counted, the 2016 turnout rate could still change: Approximately 58.1 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in last week’s presidential election, according to the latest estimates from Michael McDonald, associate professor at the University of Florida, who gathers...

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Charting MLB Division Races

Earlier I used small multiples to show how each Major League Baseball team’s 2016 season progressed relative to the .500 line. Here are those same line charts, but this time I’ve grouped them by division:

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How Far Above (Or Below) .500 Did Each MLB Team Finish This Season?

I live in South Korea, where it isn’t always easy to watch American baseball (unless you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Texas Rangers). So I’m catching up with data. These charts show teams’ performance by tracking how many games above (or below) .500 they moved as the season progressed. The Chicago Cubs did best (45 games over), while the Minnesota Twins did the worst (-44 games)....

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Charting Taiwan’s Sea of Scooters

Scooters at a Taipei intersection. Credit: Quatro Valvole/Wikimieda I’m in Taiwan this month to study Mandarin. During breaks, I’ll be posting occasionally about the island’s nation’s demographics, politics and (sticky) weather. One of the first things you’ll notice about the streets of Taiwan — other than the excellent food, sweet people and formidable humidity, of course — is the constant buzz of scooters. They are everywhere — and loud and perhaps...

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Someday I’ll Say Goodbye to Seoul. I Might Miss the Weather.

I’ve been in Seoul just over a year, and I can’t stay here forever, so I’m starting to think seriously about the next city. For me, a key consideration is weather (and, you know, work and kids’ schools and such). Seoul’s been pretty great, especially the relatively mild summers. But what can I expect from the next town? Here are the average monthly temperatures for the likely contenders. Some are...

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Charting the Popularity of ‘Hillary’

Hillary Clinton’s strong win in New York has solidified her standing as the Democratic presidential frontrunner, and it appears Bernie Sanders’ bid for the nomination is increasingly unlikely. Trouble looms, though. Clinton remains quite unpopular ahead of the general election, according to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Dan Balz’ take in The Washington Post on her favorable/unfavorable ratings (emphasis added): Clinton’s image is at or near record lows among...

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O.J. Simpson Again Popular on Google After FOX Show and Possible New Knife

More than 20 years after his blockbuster murder trial, O.J. Simpson is back in the news — this time after Los Angeles police reportedly found a knife on the grounds of his former estate. According to the Los Angeles Times, a retired police officer “has handed over a knife given to him by a construction worker who helped raze Simpson’s mansion in 1998.” The knife, which could have been used...

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