A good dashboard gives you concise, east to understand information. A great dashboard lets you ask further questions of your data.
Try the dashboard below. Every part of the dashboard is a filter.
- Click on a city on the map to see the job changes specific to that city
- Use the filter to drill down to a specific industry and then pick a specific job from the word cloud.
Word clouds can be a bit gimmicky but I thing this is a good use of one.
Imagine having a dashboard of this type connected to your database so that the data was close to live, updating as often as you set the refresh on the web page.