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 November 2018 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending growth slowed slightly in September, but it confirmed the strong pace observed in 2018Q3. The increase in spending for September was led by robust growth in durable goods expenditures.
  • Business equipment spending rose modestly in 2018Q3, a further slowdown from the second quarter and well below the pace in 2017. New orders of capital goods (excluding aircraft) remained above shipments, suggesting somewhat more momentum over the near term.
  • Housing activity indicators remained soft in September. While a strong labor market continues to have the potential to provide support to the housing sector, higher mortgage rates appear to have had some restraining effects on the market.
  • Payroll growth was robust in October. The unemployment rate was unchanged while the labor force participation rate and the employment-to-population ratio both rose. The latest readings of various measures of labor compensation indicate a gradual 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 declined over the past month amid higher volatility. The nominal 10-year Treasury yield increased slightly, remaining near a multi-year high. The nominal Treasury yield curve remained flat. The broad trade-weighted dollar index rose. Oil prices fell, returning to levels observed in the spring of 2018.
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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.