To learn how our economy is performing, you have some options. Listening to the talking-heads on T.V. is one, for example, or maybe you’d prefer delving through virtual stacks of statistics on government websites.
But to make the process easier, a better option might be to use Cascade Software’s Economy app. The Seattle-based startup just released the app for Android devices — only on Samsung phones/tablets for now — to help users easily understand how various sectors of the U.S. economy are performing.
The $1.99 app lets you analyze everything from housing data to unemployment rates to corporate profits after taxes. It provides graphs that track the history of these indicators across the past few months, years and decades and across Democratic and Republican presidencies and recession periods. The data comes from information published by the Federal Reserve and can be broken down on a state-by-state basis.
The Economy app first debuted for iOS three years ago and was once the No. 1-ranked app on Apple’s Top Charts for the Finance category. It was also featured in Wiley Publishing’s book on Incredible iPhone apps.
Cascade Software has experienced some other success with iPhone app development in the civic software category. CEO and former Microsoftie Rammanohar Arumugam helped develop a 99 cent app called Government Spending, which like the name suggests allows users to research government spending by department (Education, Defense, Energy, etc.) and year.
It also has released the Global Warming Personal Calculator and Election, which was designed for the 2008 presidential election and showed final election numbers.
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