Tuesday, 13 September 2011

What has happened to jobs in America under Obama? See how unemployment has changed

Since 2001, US unemployment averaged 5.2% (4.2% min and 6.3% max). Since April 2008, it has risen sharply from from 4.9% to 10.1% in in October 2009. It has since inched on a downward trend.

On a state level, Nevada is the worst hit with an unemployment rate of 12.9% followed by California at 12%. By contrast, North Dakota has the lowest rate at 3.3% followed by Nebraska at 4.1%.

We've mapped the unemployment data by state - you can explore it here:

Inflation rises to 4.5% for August

  • High utility, transport and clothes costs behind rise
  • CPI hits 4.5% for August, up from 4.4% in July
  • RPI, used for wage negotiations, hits 5.2%
The consumer prices index rose to 4.5% in August, up from 4.4% in July, driven by the biggest annual rise in water and energy bills in more than two years. A surge in the cost of clothing and footware last month also drove CPI higher, according to data from the ONS.

More notably -  inflation is racing ahead of average earnings.  

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Just when we thought the Globe is warming up ... UK Summers are getting colder

The Met Office published this week the latest seasonable figures which shows that this summer has been the coolest in 18 years. We examine the data that shows the mean temperature in the UK by year and season over the past 100 years. To get the most of this insight click on the visualisation below to bring the data to life. Click on year, seasons, temperature Bins anything you find interesting and watch how the visualisations update automatically.
This year's average summer temperature of 13.63 degrees has significantly dropped from last year's average of 14.65, and is well below the 100 year average of 13.99. This marks a significant shift where the last 12 years have been consistently above the average with the three warmest summers on record (peek 15.78 in 2006).

The average winter temperature was 2.43 degrees but warmer than the previous year's 1.64 degrees and cooler than the 100 year average of 3.51 degrees.

Although in recent years temperatures have dipped, generally summers in the UK seem to be getting hotter. According to the visualisation our winters, autumns and springs also tend to be hotter than those experienced a hundred years ago. It appears that the summer of 2011 has bucked the trend.