TUCSON, Ariz. – December 9, 2013 – A new, free app for iPhone and Android offers users access to real-time economic data for Arizona, its counties, metro areas, and the U.S. The app is unique in its focus on Arizona and in allowing users to compare Arizona with the nation as a whole.
The Arizona’s Economy app is a project of the UA’s Economic and Business Research Center at the Eller College of Management, which has a 65+ year history of providing Arizona citizens and decision-makers with award-winning economic forecasts and applied economic research for Arizona.
Compiling datasets from multiple government sources, the app provides an intuitive interface for users to quickly evaluate short-term and long-term trends in data including employment, unemployment, retail sales, personal income, population, and more. In addition to the latest real-time data, the graphs also display historical trends. With one click users can calculate percentage change and moving average. Users can also share data through their social media accounts.
“The Arizona’s Economy app puts essential information at users’ fingertips,” said senior research economist Maile Nadelhoffer, who led the project along with EBR’s Business Research Specialist Daniel Kinnear. “They can access the most recent statistics, select the timeframe that interests them, and set up favorite searches to track important measures over time.”
The app uses dataZoa, a real-time data collection tool developed by Leading Market Technologies of Boston and beta tested by the Economic and Business Research Center. The UA was gifted software licenses valued at $600,000 for its contribution to the technology.
The app is free and available now in the iTunes Store and Android Marketplace stores.