New UA app offers users real-time economic data for Arizona
Eller College’s Economic and Business Research Center launches Arizona’s Economy app for iPhone and Android.
TUCSON, Ariz. – December 9, 2013 – A new, free app for iPhone and Android offers users access to real-time economic data from the state of Arizona, its counties, Phoenix, Tucson, and the U.S.
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 expert economic forecasting and impact studies statewide.
Compiling datasets from multiple government sources, the app provides an intuitive interface for users to quickly evaluate short-term and long-term trends for data including employment, unemployment, retail sales, personal income, population, and more. Data can be viewed in a table or graph format, and can automatically calculate percentage changes and a moving average. Users can share data through their social media accounts or download it for further analysis on a PC. In addition to the latest real-time data, the graphs can display historical data.
“The Arizona’s Economy app puts essential research at users’ fingertips,” said senior research economist Maile Nadelhoffer, who led the project. “They can access the most recent statistics, select the timeframe that interests them, and set up favorite searches to track 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 and Android stores.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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