The gang at Northeastern has a more recent report that looks at the way age, race, gender, education and other factors impact unemployment—and underemployment—levels.

For the short version, check out this groovy interactive graph the Times posted late last year that lets you select age, race, gender and education and see that chances that someone is standing on the unemployment line. It’s pretty amazing to watch that line dance around, depending on what you choose.

There’s just one problem. The Times called the chart “The Jobless Rate for People Like You.” As this Northeastern research makes clear, the business press needs to look at the jobless rate for the new Joads. Sure looks like there are a lot more stories there.

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Holly Yeager is CJR's Peterson Fellow, covering fiscal and economic policy. She is based in Washington and reachable at