U.S. Economy in a Snapshot

U.S. Economy in a Snapshot is a monthly presentation designed to give you a quick and accessible look at developments in the economy.
Overview of the August 2018 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending increased in June at a pace similar to that in May, as real spending rose robustly in Q2. The rise in spending for June was led by services and durable goods expenditures.
  • Business equipment spending rose moderately in the first half of 2018, a slower pace than in 2017. New orders of capital goods (excluding aircraft) remained slightly above shipments, suggesting some momentum over the near term.
  • Housing activity indicators moderated somewhat in June. However, tight housing supply and a strong labor market have the potential to provide support to the housing sector, even with higher mortgage interest rates. Payroll growth moderated in July, but was revised significantly upward for both May and June. Labor force participation was unchanged, the unemployment rate ticked down, and the employment-to-population ratio rose slightly. The latest readings of various measures of labor compensation continued to point to modest firming of wage growth.
  • Core PCE inflation continued to run at a level roughly consistent with the FOMC’s longer-run objective.
  • U.S. equity indices rose moderately over the past month, and volatility fell further. The nominal 10-year Treasury yield fluctuated within a narrow range. The broad trade-weighted dollar index increased slightly. Non-energy commodity prices remained below their levels of the first half of the year.
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Read more about the launch of the series: Just Released: U.S. Economy in a Snapshot, Liberty Street Economics, June 2015

2018 Release Dates
Released at 10:00 a.m.

January 16**
February 12**  
March 23* 
April 16  
May 14   
June 15* 
July 16  
August 13** 
September 14*
October 15
November 13**
December 21
* Publication is normally on a Monday, with three Friday exceptions noted.
** Released at 11am.

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About the New York Fed's Snapshot
U.S. Economy in a Snapshot, produced by the Research Function of the New York Fed, is designed to provide a tight yet comprehensive overview of current economic and financial developments. This monthly packet presents charts and commentary on a broad range of topics that include labor and financial markets, the behavior of consumers and firms, and the global economy. What’s more, Snapshot aims to cover special topics such as movements in commodity prices, developments in the Second District, or findings from the New York Fed Survey of Consumer Expectations.