See public data results
If you’ve ever done research involving large datasets, you know that it can take hours to comb through databases in order to find and analyze trends. Anyone who searches for U.S. unemployment rates or population numbers on Google.com will see relevant statistics and graphs included in their search results. You can even search by state or county (but not by city).
Want to give it a try? Try these example searches: [ Florida unemployment rate ], [Santa Clara county population ]. Not using Google.com? Go tohttp://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&gl=us to try these searches.
Customize and share public data graphs
Clicking a public data result will take you to a larger interactive graph where you can compare the available data. (Having problems viewing the graph? Make sure you’re using the latest version ofFlash.)
Even people who normally shy away from statistics should find these dynamic graphs easy to use and understand. Here are a few suggestions for working with these graphs:
- Use the checkboxes on the left to add more information to the graph. As you include additional selections, the axes and lines on the graphs may adjust and shift.
- Hover over a point on a line to see the point’s numerical value.
- It’s always good practice to verify a given statistic. To see the source of the data for a given graph, click the link below the graph.
- Once you’ve customized a graph, share it with others. Click Link in the upper-right corner of the page to create a URL which you can then paste into an email or IM.
Have other questions about using these public data graphs? Visit the Google Web Search Forum.
The unemployment rate and population data you see in Google come from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Keep in mind that even the most recent public statistic is a bit old by the time it’s published, since it takes time to collect and process data.Information on accessing the original datasets