A graph tracking unemployment in the United States somehow works with the iconic GameCube intro music. And seems to highlight our current state of dread with a surreal flair.
Last week, 6.6 million Americans, a 3000 percent increase, filed for unemployment as the coronavirus pandemic continued to devastate the economy. On Thursday, evolutionary anthropologist Dorsa Amir tweeted an animated graph that shows the massive jump alongside data from 1965 to earlier in the year. She also posted it on a data appreciation subreddit.
“We’re dealing with truly staggering numbers here,” Amir tweeted, emphasizing the jaw-dropping increase in unemployment so far.
These are bleak numbers we’re looking at, and with no clear estimates for how long this pandemic will last, it’s likely to get even worse. YouTube creator Peerluxe added a little whimsy to the depressing data, syncing the graph with GameCube’s memorable opening theme song.
The coupling makes the sharp increase in unemployment even more pronounced, but at least it’ll make you laugh — before you cry.