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Haas Center develops online dashboard with economic indicators in Escambia and surrounding counties

The Haas Center at the University of West Florida has developed an online market indicators dashboard that provides easy, quick and simple navigation for a look at county-by-county statistics. The dashboard includes tabs for tourism rates, real estate transactions, employment/unemployment rates and sales and tax collections in Northwest Florida and South Alabama counties.

“The dashboard provides an unbiased way for county officials, members of the media and others to compare what’s going on in their counties to others in Northwest Florida,” said Nicole Gislason, executive director of the Haas Center.

The dashboard uses line graphs, bar charts and numbers to examine monthly and yearly changes, and allows the user to filter by year or select a county for a closer examination into each individual figure. Developed earlier this year, it is updated primarily by students. Statistics are gathered from multiple official sources including the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Alabama Department of Labor, airport websites, Florida Department of Revenue and Metro Market Trends Inc. Users can download or share graphs and charts.

It is the only dashboard that examines all of Northwest Florida for manufacturing figures. The most viewed page on the dashboard has been total regional air traffic passengers by month, year and airport. The indicator displays a steep decline in passengers in 2020, as COVID-19 forced an overwhelming number of airline travelers to cancel or postpone their plans.

For more information about the Haas Center’s market indicators dashboard, visit uwf.edu/dashboarddata.