A Troubling Economic Picture

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Patchwork Nation paid a visit to the PBS NewsHour on Tuesday evening as part of a panel looking at the troubling state of the economy - issues ranging from unemployment to housing to household incomes.

Patchwork Nation has been examining much of this data in recent months and project director Dante Chinni joined Christopher Hoene from the National League of Cities and Howard Wial of the Brookings Institution to talk about what the latest numbers say about the how troubled the economy really is.

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After four years of reporting, we have not found a lot of promising developments. The maps below come from recent Patchwork Nation posts and offer a sampling of some of the stark issues facing the U.S. economy. Note the changes in family income in the last 30 years, the massive rise in bankruptcies between 2007 and 2010 and the loss of manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2005, when times were good economically.