The Most Common Job in Each State

Alvin Ward
Planet Money
Planet Money / Planet Money

A few months ago we looked at jobs that were overrepresented in each state. Today let's review the most common ones. This map comes from NPR's Planet Money, who used Census Bureau data and found the top jobs from 1978-2014. Above is the most recent year; you see an animated GIF of the last few decades here.

Planet Money left out Managers Not Elsewhere Classified and Salespersons Not Elsewhere Classified because, as they put it, "those categories are broad and vague to the point of meaninglessness."

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The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to the NPR Planet Money for creating this one.