Economic Dashboard Example

This example of an economic metrics dashboard follows in style of what I call “PDF Report Dashboards”. As you can see at, many different kinds of dashboards are delivered simply by creating a pdf document and either posting it on the web or emailing it as an attachment.

Take a look at this dashboard example:

Economic dashboard

The dashboard shows the August 2011 report for the Saint Croix Valley area’s economic statistics. Note that context is firmly established by the presence of National Indicators. That is wise as it sets the stage for comparative analysis.

The entire pdf dashboard can be viewed here:

St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard for August 2011

Each month, a synopsis/highlight PDF is released as well. See this example.

Here is an excerpt:

August 2011 Economic Dashboard Released

The August edition of the St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard has been released by the UW-River Falls Center for Economic Research (CER) and St. Croix Economic Development Corp. (EDC). The dashboard is a snapshot of the economic condition of the labor, consumer and housing markets in the three county St. Croix Valley (Polk, St. Croix, and Pierce counties). It presents the latest available data in one convenient package (note most regional data is available with a one or two month delay). The dashboard can be viewed on the CER’s website at http://www2.

Dr. Logan Kelly, director of CER, conducts research for the Dashboard and offered his observations:

The Labor Market: “While the national jobs report was far from stellar, total nonfarm payroll employment rose 117,000 in July 2011. The general consensus is that the July jobs report is much better than many economist feared. The economy created just enough jobs to keep pace with new entrance to the labor force, and as a result, the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.1 percent last month. Moreover, job creation for June was revised up to 46,000 and job creation for May was revised up to 53,000. While this news is welcome, the fiscal condition of the public sector continues to weigh on the economy. The public sector lost 37,000 jobs in July, which marks the ninth straight month of public sector job loss.”

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