This is the second installment of our weekly posts about the Federal Priorities Database. Last week, we ran a database search, creating a map of results.
The next step is interpreting the map. Here’s an example I created by running a search on Unemployment Insurance expenditures.
The three most important things to look at on the map are the title, the measures, and the legend:
Armed with that knowledge, you now know we’re looking at a map of federal unemployment insurance spending for fiscal year 2010. Furthermore, we can see that Alaska residents received more per-person money for this program than any other state.
To see the exact total, move your mouse over Alaska. A tool-tip should pop up and let you know that the amount is $38.64. Remember, we're viewing per person spending, so this number is the total federal spending on unemployment insurance in Alaska divided by Alaska's population.
Next week, we’ll talk about viewing the data over time (hint: there is a year slider underneath the map!). As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.