Watch 40 years of unemployment sweep across U.S. in 45 seconds

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Unemployment rates are one of the key indicators of the health of the economy, and while they go up and down over time, they’re usually not low enough to keep everyone happy.

And a president’s legacy can largely be shaped by how well the economy did during their term.

The latest numbers from the Labor Department show the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent.

But how does that compare to historical numbers?

Real estate brokerage site Movoto has put together an interesting map tracking unemployment data, starting with the Carter administration and through the five recessions we’ve gone through according to the National Bureau of Economic Research:

Via Movoto

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