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Google Now Charts Unemployment and Other Public Data in Search Results

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If you search for "unemployment rate New York" or for any other state or county in the U.S., the first result will be the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics along with a chart. On the Google Blog, product manager Ola Rosling writes: The data we're including in this first launch represents just a small fraction of all the interesting public data available on the web. The technology behind this comes from Google's a cquisition of Trendalyzer from Gapminder a few years back (this is the same technology that powers the motion charts in Google Analytics, by the way). 1

After the dot-com bubble burst back in 2000 the unemployment rate of Santa Clara county went up to 9.1%. There are statistics for prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakers' salaries, number of wildfires, and the list goes on. Reliable information about these kinds of things exists thanks to the hard work of data collectors gathering countless survey forms, and of careful statisticians estimating meaningful indicators that make hidden patterns of the world visible to the eye. 2
  1. Google Now Charts Unemployment and Other Public Data in Search Results (TechCrunch)
  2. Adding Search Power to Public Data (Google Blog)

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