January 18, 2017
Workout Wednesday: The State of U.S. Jobs
Last week on my Data Viz Done Right site, I wrote about a great small multiples visualisation created by Matt Stiles that shows U.S. unemployment compared to the national average for every State. I recreated Matt’s work in Tableau, and your challenge for this week is to do the same. Personally, I find trying to rebuild visualisations a great way to learn.
- My viz is 875x2150. Your’s doesn’t have to be this size, but I thought I’d provide it for guidance.
- I’m using the Source Sans Pro font, which you can download from Google Fonts. This is the font that Matt used in his version.
- The years should be displayed every 10 years.
- The axis line on for the year should be more distinct than the gridlines.
- The ends of each line should be colour-coded by whether it was an increase or decrease compared to the national average.
- You will need to calculate the national average. The national average needs to include the District of Columbia, but D.C. should not have its own chart.
- Values above the national average should start with a + and and below should start with a -
- The national average is the line you see at 0%.
- This is NOT a trellis chart, but if you think you can make it work as a trellis chart, go for it!
- The area above zero should be shaded. The hex code to use is #F7E6E2 and it should be shaded from 0- to +10%.
- Pay attention to the gaps between each State. I like how this gives it some breathing room.
This will be a very tedious exercise. To provide some context, this took me 2-3 hours to create. Don’t get discouraged and don’t feel like you have to do it all in one sitting. Basically, try to make yours look identical to mine.
Post an image on Twitter when you’re done and hashtag it with #WorkoutWednesday and please tag me so I see it. You can also comment below with a link to your workbook or with any questions you have. Good luck!