If one "mouses over" a state the data for that state comes up. If one clicks on one of the rectangles in light blue, on the left, the data on the map changes to that specific information.
In this Stimulus Package we here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts do not do as well as other states, but better than Maine. On the other hand, our unemployment rate is lower than the national average, and better than Maine, actually.
That said, our rate is not sufficiently different from the national average for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to include us in their 27 January news release. The BLS preliminary numbers for December have us at 6.9% unemployment and the national average at 7.2%. A more user friendly set of data, but a month older, can be found at this CNN website.
One thing that makes me wonder is the amount invested in job training. The amount per capita for transportation infrastructure is measured in hundreds of dollars and the amount for schools and colleges in tens of dollars, the amount per capita for job training is down in the dollars. No state gets more than $21 (Michigan is high at $20.17 and Iowa is low, at $5.46). If the skills of our workers is going to be critical for our economy moving fully into the 21st Century, shouldn't this be a larger focus of attention?
I suspect that this is why doing a Stimulus Package is hard. Who knows the right answers and the right proportions? That said, I do think that job training, while a short term item in terms of economic stimulus, is a key to long term economic success. But, then so is infrastructure. More on infrastructure later.
Regards -- Cliff