Google Public Data Visualizations

I was thinking to myself this afternoon that it’d be wonderful to have a Google Maps or Google Finance  -style view of economic data.  What have unemployment numbers looked like recently and historically, for instance?  Well, boy was I happy to find that there is exactly such a thing.

Google Public Data provides an interface into some interesting statistics about the US and the world.  Zoomable graphs and animations that show how data changes over time gives you a chance to hone in on the information you need.

While the actual number of datasets available at this point are limited (just 15 at this point), it’s a cool tool that I hope will be expanded to include even more value information.

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