Visual Map of the US Budget

Are you a visual learner?  You may benefit from this NY Times infographic of President Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal.  $3.7 trillion never looked so good!  You can zoom in and explore different agencies and see where your money is being spent.  Rectangles are sized by proposed spending and colors indicate percent change from previous year. Darker red rectangles represent bigger drops from the 2011 budget and darker green greater increases.

Statistics and Current Events

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that “unemployment dropped to 9.4% and nonfarm payroll employment increased by 103,000” jobs.   It is the lowest rate since May 2009.  That’s  good news and a sign that the economy is moving in the right direction.

Do you need current, authoritative statistics to make better business decisions?  Are the statistics in today’s news important to the work you do tomorrow?  I can help you find the best, most accurate data published by governments, think tanks, brokers, and analysts.

UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics

The UN Conference on Trade and Development has released the latest Handbook of Statistics.  If you work in international trade or just need current world trade statistics to make better business decisions, contact me and let me help you with your information challenges.

The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics provides essential data for analyzing and measuring world trade, investment, international financial flows and development. Reliable statistical information is often considered as the first step during the preparation of making recommendations or taking decisions that countries will commit for many years as they strive to integrate into the world economy and improve the living standards of their citizens. Whether it is for research, consultation or technical cooperation, UNCTAD requires comparable, often detailed economic, demographic and social data, over several decades and for as many countries as possible.