Take a look at this animated trend map from Latoya Egwuekwe, a graduate student at American University. It is also available on YouTube here.  CNN did a story on it.

Latoya’s map shows how the unemployment rate has changed over the past several years by month, through November 2009. When you get to the map, click the arrow in the middle and watch how things changed. Incredible what “The Great Recession” has done. The old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” is never more true than looking at this map.  Viewing it only takes a few seconds.

The darker the color, the higher the unemployment. 2009 has been BRUTAL, and any reversal in the trend is not apparent.  The current national unemployment map as of the December figure is now at 9.7%.

Here is a chart from Google with the same data as a single line. Click through on the chart below to get the chart by state and county for where you are.