A good website to use to find out the latest growth, inflation, interest, exchange and unemployment rates is http://tradingeconomics.com/. You can spend a while looking at the most recent data and pick out patterns and make comparisons.
Interesting facts to note and use:
Japan's interest rate is 0%
The Euro area has the highest unemployment rate
China's inflation rate is 4.2% while India's is over 9%!
Ireland has the highest budget deficit, 31.30% of GDP. Greece, the USA, UK, Portugal and Spain follow soon after.
India's GDP was 6.9% in the third quarter of 2011, compare that to China's 2.3%