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Data lab

The data lab is an interactive tool that presents a range of facts and figures on the UK economy. Follow the links on this page to view a series of motion charts and other animations that show how the economy is changing over time. Each graphic has a range of different features that can be customised to bring the data to life.

Our latest data labs

Interact with our data in the latest innovative data labs below.

Employment and Self-Employment since the start of the recession

See how the labour market has fared since the UK first entered recession in early 2008.

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How consumer spending has changed over time

Using ONS data, take a look at how consumer spending has evolved since 1997.

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The importance of science, engineering and technology workers to the UK

Datalab which explores the contribution of science, engineering and technology workers to UK economy.

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The OBR’s growth scenarios

A data lab about the Office of Budget Responsibility’s growth scenarios.

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How to use the motion chart

You can alter a range of variables on the chart, including the main variables and the colour and size of each bubble. Choose each value from the drop-down menus.

Click on one or more of the bubbles to follow them over time. You can turn the trails off using the tick box on the right.

You can alter the speed of the graph using the slider, or move through time manually.