Sometimes, our eyes can help us see what is really going on, no matter what the talking heads in the media try to tell us.
On this first map, a satelite image of the Korean peninsula, the light indicates urban and economic activity as evidenced by electric lights in South Korea. The absence of light at the top of the peninsula indicates an apparent lack of economic and industrial activity in North Korea.

Link: Korean Peninsula
On this map of unemployment rates by county, again darkness indicates lack of economic activity.

Here is the interactive version posted on YouTube:
Click here to see this interactive map show the growth of unemployment by county from Jan 2007 to January 2010.
Sometimes, it’s easier to just show what you mean.