Geography Education
1.4M views | +400 today
Follow
Geography Education
Supporting geography educators everywhere with current digital resources.
Curated by Seth Dixon
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

The Geography of Underwater Homes

The Geography of Underwater Homes | Geography Education | Scoop.it
New data from Zillow shows fewer homeowners underwater, but the pattern varies widely by geography.

 

The Sunbelt (especially California and Florida) have the highest percentage of homeowners that are 'underwater' and owe more than the home is worth.  Also hit hard are declining metro areas area of the rust belt. 

Question to ponder: Why would these places be hit the hardest?  

more...
No comment yet.
Suggested by W. Robert de Jongh
Scoop.it!

Interactive Map: Economic Stress Index

Interactive Map: Economic Stress Index | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This is a great interactive feature focusing on the differential impacts of the economic downturn on particular places.  You can zoom in, see county-level data, and slide the time bar at the bottom to get spatiotemporal data.    

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

Europe Gets Austerity; Few Signs Of Growth

The plan to save Europe's economies calls for troubled countries to rein in government spending. But economists say austerity by itself won't be enough; there must also be a plan for growth.

 

Fiscal austerity has now become part of the crisis rather than a solution to it.  -Simon Tilford 

more...
Flaviu Feşnic's comment, October 6, 2012 3:34 PM
artificial crisis.it's the bank system, (vulnerable at speculation), which brought it !
Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

NYTimes: Measuring the Recession’s Toll

NYTimes: Measuring the Recession’s Toll | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Which states had the largest change in poverty rates and median household incomes from 2007 to 2010.

 

Excellent interactive set of maps that you can use to teach economic geography, but with a nice easy way to make the lesson locally relevant.

more...
Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:49 AM

This article measures the recession toll's through out the country. It shows both the unemployment rate from 2007 to 2010 and how families yearly incomes from 2007 to 2010. It is comparing how much money used to be able to be made to now the shortage of both jobs and money

Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

The Importance of Place

The Importance of Place | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Using the vocabulary of this course, please describe in detail the geographic context of a town like this (real or imaginary).  What is the town like?  How did it get that way?  What type of meaning does 'place' have for those that live there?  

more...
No comment yet.
Suggested by W. Robert de Jongh
Scoop.it!

Geography of a Recession

Geography of a Recession | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Here is an animated view of the impact of the recession on the United States.  It's a fantastic geovisualization of a horrible economic reality. 

more...
Paige McClatchy's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:45 PM

This interactive map offers a lot to read between the lines. Most interesting to me, the middle of the country seemed to be somewhat spared in comparison to the East and West coasts. Perhaps that is becuase the middle of the country has lower population than the coast and that the majority of the jobs held by people there are related to food production. The bread basket of America will never be relieved of demand for goods and that also means workers. Also super interesting- Washigton DC and the surrounding area reflected a somewhat better unemployment rate. Same with Vermont and New Hampshire- perhaps the population is more even with the labor demand than in extremely populated places that only have so many jobs.

Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:51 PM

It makes you wonder about the recovery the government is also talking about.  Alot of the new jobs created are temporary, part-time and low wages.  What they also do not tell you is that the unemployment is going down because the government does count the people that are unemployed but have stopped looking from work.  Alot of these people are just tired of looking and have given up.  So if your not looking for work, but are unemployed, you are not counted as unemployed for the purpose of the unemployment number, interesting isnt't it??  What the map shows is that the upper mid-west and the central mid-west seem to be recession proof.   Is that because alot of this area are family farms or is it because these areas are low population and there is a shortage of people to work the available job?  Or are these states just better at running their government?

James Hobson's curator insight, September 18, 2014 11:35 PM

(North America topic 10)
After viewing this animated map of unemployment rates over time, I'm surprised that it hasn't become more common. In fact, I don't think I've seen anything like this on any major news reports or websites. (I wonder why?) I was surprised to find out that many (though not all) Midwestern counties appear to have been just as adversely affected as more urbanized, coastal regions; although the Midwest's unemployment rate has overall been less than other regions', recently it has been so only by a narrowing margin.
I would make 2 suggestions if this map were to be remade or enhanced: First, I would add more recent data to show which regions are recovering (if at all) compared to others. Secondly, I would make additional brackets to represent rates in excess of 10%, since a large portion of counties have fallen into this top color level.

Scooped by Seth Dixon
Scoop.it!

The Geography of Unemployment and the Recession

The Geography of Unemployment and the Recession | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Not every place and every citizen has been affected by the recession the same way...

 

For the Unemployed, Geography Can Be Destiny by Richard Florida.  This article highlights the uneven distribution of unemployment, and consequently, of job availability.  Where is unemployment highest?  How come? Getting a job isn't just about what you know and who you know, but where you know it.

more...
Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 15, 2014 1:41 PM

While the media often focuses on unemployment on a grand scale, regional trends can add insight to the problem at hand. Some places, such as Yuma, Arizona, have unemployment rates as high as 30% while other, like Fargo North Dakota have a safe 3% unemployment rate. At the height of the recession, unemployment was decently even across the country, but recovery has not been an even process. Demographics could be a large key to understanding these issues. Large metros are more resilient to unemployment due to the higher quantity of college graduates, and their positions as economic and creativity hubs.