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Data PLUS analysis? And it's free? Yay, StatsCan!

Published October 29, 2014 by Mark Bodnar

Those who have been part of one of our class presentations may have heard us talk about the need to "go to the source" when doing research -- always try to figure out who has the most direct access to the data you need AND would be likely to make it public.

When it comes to  data on the Canadian economy and society, that source is often Statistics Canada. Which brings me to today's Buzz item...

Statistics Canada has begun a series of presentations on  economic, environmental, and societal themes. This series will cover both the statistics they've gathered and their analysis of the meanings, trends, and relationships that underlie and arise from the numbers. (It never hurts to have someone help make sense of the numbers!)

From StatsCan:

The first presentation, "An overview of recent macroeconomic developments in Canada," focuses on changes in the Canadian economy following the recession in 2008 and 2009, and developments during the first two quarters of 2014. The content is organized around three general themes: output and employment; financial conditions in the household sector; and international trade. Graphical information is based on seasonally adjusted data retrieved from Statistics Canada's CANSIM database on September 30, 2014.

Happy reading!

-- Mark, Ania, Megan, and Carla... your Business/Economics information specialists.