Five years since the end of the recent Recession, the economy has finally regained the nine million jobs it lost. Each line below shows how the number of jobs has changed for a particular industry over the past 10 years.


Your task is to analyze this dataset on economy from a popular news website. On the following pages, you will be asked to briefly describe the findings you identified, and answer several questions on your understanding of the visualization.

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Each line represents an industry and charts its percentage change in employment over the past decade.
Industries at the bottom of the chart have lost the most jobs since the recession began.
Industries at the right of the chart have the highest average pay.
How to read this chart
How to read this chart Each line on the chart represents a private-sector industry and shows that industry’s change in employment over the last decade. The lines are placed on the x axis (horizontally) based on the average wages paid in that industry. They are placed on the y axis (vertically) based on the percentage change in employment since the start of the recession in December 2007.
Recovered and grown
Relatively unaffected
Has not recovered
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