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  • New study finds link between unemployment rate and cell phone use

    BetaBoston - 05/28/2015

    Researchers have come up with a novel way of tracking unemployment that they say is much faster and more accurate than traditional estimates and surveys done by the Federal government. In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, a team from Northeastern University, Harvard, and MIT found that changes in cellphone use flag shifts in joblessness two-to-eight weeks sooner than present methods.

    What does a cellphone have to do with unemployment? A lot actually, saidDavid Lazer, who heads the Lazer Laboratory at Northeastern and is one of the study’s authors. Humans are creatures of habit. Just think of your morning routine: You snag your wallet, house keys, and phone before you leave the house for the office each day.

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