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Better Public Data Research from Google: Add This to Your Writing Resources

Google just juiced up its search results for public data–Bureau of Labor Statistics, specifically unemployment, are included in the first round of interactive results. The Official Google Blog explains Google’s new suped-up search feature, but here are a few of my own screenshots:

Public data searches for unemployment + [location] returns SERP like this:

When I click on the graph, www.google.com/publicdata, I get this:

The beauty of this search feature–and what will be applicable to so much other data in the future–is the fact that I can begin layering other data sources on top of this, comparing other states, counties, etc.

You can do the same type of search for population + city, state, but the appearance of public data charts is uneven. I was returned a graph for population new haven, ct, and population new york ny, but failed to get one for population raleigh, nc, and population portland, or…

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