The NPR article says,

Whatever Friday’s monthly jobs report says, it won’t change the big picture. There are roughly 137 million jobs in this country. About two-thirds of those jobs are in private-sector services; the remaining third are split between goods-producing jobs (mainly manufacturing and construction) and government work (mostly at the state and local level).

Here’s a closer look, drawn from the same data that the government collects for the monthly jobs report. (You can see this data, in glorious detail, here.)

This chart is exemplary because its designer has transformed dozens of tables of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics into a simple, easy-to-read graphic. The color-coding is easy to follow at a glance (e.g., blue for government, red for goods, green for services). It’s also a lot more fun to explore than a bar chart.


What I think is special about this particular treemap is the labeling. Maybe people insert extra space for the labels, which disturbs the actual graphic proportions of the data. Or, they can’t fit the labels, so they create crazy abbreviations. The transparent larger labels is a really nice touch.


Agreed. Very nicely done.


This shows the sectors of the US economy that produce the most greenhouse gasses. It shows both the percentage of the type of gas they produce, and the percentage of the total gas emissions.




For me, this chart is missing exactly what Drew noted above — a caption or title indicating that the chart is about sectors that produce greenhouse gasses. The original page ( does include a caption like that, but for the people I work with, it’s helpful to have captions directly above or below the chart for clarity.

That aside, the chart’s structure is pretty awesome. The traditional way of showing this data might be several stacked bar charts next to each other? But going one step further and showing how the categories feed into one another is extremely useful. I’m already thinking about how I might apply a flow chart to my evaluation projects. -AKE


The colors on this one are killing me. What’s the logic behind it? SE


Yep, I would’ve gone with a modern color palette (maybe one from or selected colors from the client’s logo. - AKE

This visualization takes advantage of a piano keyboard and uses it as a metaphor to show the keys that each composer writes in the most. This helps to show the overall feeing each composer has, and can point out trends in their style.




I’ve never seen a small multiples piano keyboard chart before. This chart definitely has that novelty ‘wow!’ factor that makes me want to explore more. 

I wonder whether the charts are purposefully arranged, like chronologically by the composer’s birthdate? I don’t know enough about music to know for sure. 

This is a fun opportunity to break traditional font rules, too. I can’t see anyone using that script outside of this chart, but it makes you think of musical composers instantly.



This is reminiscent of Fretboard Heatmaps, which shows most frequent fingerings of legendary guitarists.