The custom, interactive graphic above comes courtesy of the folks at Tableau Software, using the "Real GDP by State" data released today by the BEA and featured earlier today on CD.
The contributors to real GDP in 2011 are ranked in the top part of the graphic, showing that "durable goods manufacturing" was the largest positive contributor to real output growth in 2011 at 0.5% (more empirical support that manufacturing has been leading the economic recovery), and real estate was the largest negative contributor at -0.2%. The color-coded map shows real GDP growth by state, from No. 1 North Dakota in dark grey at 7.6% growth in 2011 to No. 50 Wyoming at -1.5% growth, in dark pink.
If you click on a sector above, like durable-goods manufacturing, the map changes to show state rankings for that sector's contribution to state output growth, with Oregon ranked No. 1 at 3.94% (towards 4.7% state growth), followed by Michigan at 1.2% (towards 2.3% overall growth), etc. Click on mining, and you'll see West Virginia ranked No. 1, at 3.9% growth towards 4.5% overall state growth, followed by North Dakota's mining growth of 2.81% towards 7.6% overall growth, etc.
Thanks to Tableau Software for contributing a great interactive graphic to Carpe Diem!