U.S. unemployment: the creeping cancer [VIDEO]

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Unemployment rates by county are spreading like a terminal cancer. The video below offers a fascinating visual of the havoc the recession is causing on the country. At first, mostly metropolitan areas are affected, yet the decline rapidly sweeps through surrounding regions and across the U.S.

Lost jobs have climbed steadily since 2007, with little improvement since they peaked at 10 percent in Nov. 2009. While the Department of Labor’s July 2010 report noted national unemployment at 9.5 percent, the figure is even more dire when accounting for those who’ve given up looking for work.

The video — documenting unemployment decline from January 2007 to July 2010 — is a sobering picture.