# Importing data in Mathematica

In order to import data into Mathematica, the `Import`

function is used. Let's see how this feature is used in practice.

If you need to simply import the file, you can do it as follows:

**Import["file_name"]**

However, in practice, it is much more useful to use additional parameters of this function. Let's consider the following example.

Let's suppose we need to import the data on unemployment. We will take the information from the http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs/app/DataSearchTable.aspx page in the **Topic** list, select **EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS** and in the **Table** list select **11 Unemployment**. Then, select all the countries with the *Shift* button. After that download data by clicking on the **Get data** button and then clicking on the **Download in CSV** button, and save it into the `C:\MathData\Unemployment.csv`

file.

In order to import data, let's select the `Import`

function:

### Note

Note that in Mathematica, `\`

is a special character. This is why...