How Google Does Unemployment Data

Google has a cool new feature that lets you play around with publicly available data. Search for "unemployment rate" and the top result should be a tool that lets you compare changes in unemployment around the country. You can, for example, graph the total US rate and compare it to the rate in a few counties in Michigan, home of the American auto industry:


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(The US rate is 9.1%; in Wayne County -- which has Detroit -- it's 14.6% and in Oscoda County it's 22.3%.)

The feature seems pretty limited so far -- I can't find anything other than the unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and population data from the Census -- but the BLS has tons of data on productivity and compensation that would be wonderful to have too. (And I am certainly in favor of having a new place from which to steal graphs and charts.)


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Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. More

Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism, an economics blog that was recently published in book form by Simon and Schuster. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. He is also on Twitter.

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