Slate's job change map–now it's good to be a blue state!

Check out’s animated map of the changing job picture over the last three and a half years. If you scroll down to the map and click the green arrow at the lower right, you can watch the job picture change for individual counties on a month-by-month basis. Counties are blue when they’ve gained jobs over the most recent year and red if they’ve lost them. The red circles spreading across the country are pretty dramatic evidence of how deep and broad this recession has been and continues to be. While we should avoid being smug at a time like this, we think most Oklahomans, regardless of their political leanings, will be pleased and grateful to see that we are one of the very few states that look more blue than red.


Paul Shinn

Paul Shinn served as Budget and Tax Senior Policy Analyst with OK Policy from May 2019 until December 2021. Before joining OK Policy, Shinn held budget and finance positions for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, the Department of Human Services, the cities of Oklahoma City and Del City and several local governments in his native Oregon. He also taught political science and public administration at the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, and California State University Stanislaus. While with the Government Finance Officers Association, Paul worked on consulting and research projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and several state agencies and local governments. He also served as policy analyst for CAP Tulsa. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Oklahoma and degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland College Park. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Carmelita.

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