Financial Times tracks unemployment with R

April 20, 2015

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The FT Data section of the Financial Times now has a neat interactive unemployment tracker (free but onerous registration required) that lets you explore employment rates and trends in EU member countries from 2004-2013:

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The graphic was created by FT Data Journalist John-Burn Murdoch with R. To automate the process of collecting the underlying data, Murdoch used the R package SmarterPoland by Przemyslaw Biecek. Limited not just to data about Poland, the package includes a function getEurostatRaw which can be used to download any dataset from the Eurostat database, a rich resource for anyone looking for economic and demographic data about Europe.

Financial Times: EU unemployment tracker

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