I came across this chart of the US Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) from 1981 to May 2010 on Google - public data. I also included Michigan, Illinois and California (from 1990) who have been hit hard. Unemployment could be rolling over from its peak. I'm trying to figure out what the market is saying here. Are we setting up for a double dip or mild slow down, and how will unemployment react? There might be an issue with loading the flash chart. US 9.3%, Illinois 10%, California 11.9%, Michigan 12.8%.
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You can find more data sets at Google public data including
World Development Indicators (subset)
OECD Factbook 2009 (subset)
Unemployment in Europe (monthly)
Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices in Europe
Minimum Wage in Europe
Broadband penetration in Europe
Government Debt in Europe
Road transport in Europe
GDP and Personal Income of the U.S. (annual)
GDP breakdown of the U.S. (quarterly)
Retail Sales in the U.S.
Population in the U.S.
Historical Population in the U.S.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the U.S.
Mortality in the U.S.
Cancer cases in the U.S.
World Resources Institute, CAIT-U.S. 4.0
Education Statistics of California