Here is a graph of unemployment up until 2005. As you can see unemployment rates were worse in the early nighties than in the early two thosands. However if you visit this website: Interactive Map of unemployment Rates the map indicates that the current rate of unemployment has far surpassed that of the rates in the nighties. A neat feature in this map is you have the ability to review not only the National Average, but the averages of you State and County in a comparison graph. This is a great way to see how this recession is actually affecting your neck of the woods. Notice that Tennessee’s rates are above the national average. I have chosen Knox County to demonstrate the county feature. Notice that Knox Counties average unemployment is well below the State and National Averages.