Opportunity Insights, an institute of social scientists and policy analysts based at Harvard University, has released a dataset of employment rates, consumer spending, and job postings to help researchers track how coronavirus is affecting the United States. The dataset combines anonymized data from private organizations, such as credit card processors and payroll firms, as well as mobility and unemployment insurance claims data. The dataset indicates that, as of June 17, 2020, consumer spending has declined by 8.5 percent compared to January 2020.
Tracking How Coronavirus is Affecting the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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