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How do you track GDP in realtime?

US GDP as indicated by the OECD weekly tracker.

If you want to highlight one dataset that is both super important AND lots of people think is flawed, then GDP is probably the right starting point. Critics say it’s a pretty poor way to measure a country’s well-being, for instance.

However it still matters, especially as the world’s economies try to recover from the Covid-battering they have gone through.

In fact, The OECD has been using Google Trends data combined with machine learning to monitor GDP on a weekly basis – as opposed to the quarterly releases we are used to. You can see more about this on The Economist today.

About Simon Rogers

Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', from Faber & Faber and a range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Edited and launched the Guardian Datablog. Now works for Google in California as Data Editor and is Director of the Data Journalism Awards.

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Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, California. Formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. Created the Guardian Datablog. All opinions on this site are mine, not my employers'. Read more >>

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