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 2019 Snapshot
  • Consumer spending growth remained moderate in September. Growth of real expenditures on durable and nondurable goods was moderate, while real spending on services grew only slightly.
  • Real business equipment spending declined in 2019Q3, and its growth year-to-date was well below its pace in 2018. New orders of nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft fell moderately in September. They remained below shipments, indicating continued weak near-term momentum.
  • On balance, housing activity indicators displayed further gradual improvement in September. Single-family housing starts and permits have been on an upward trend over the past four months. New and existing home sales declined in September, but remain solid. A still-strong labor market and low mortgage rates have provided some support to the housing sector.
  • Payroll growth was moderate in October, but remained solid year-to-date. The unemployment rate edged up, the labor force participation rate rose, and the employment-to-population ratio remained at the highest level during this expansion. Various measures of labor compensation growth firmed slightly.
  • Core PCE inflation softened and remained below the FOMC’s longer-run objective.
  • U.S. equity indices rose broadly over the past month, while implied volatility declined and remains low. The nominal 10-year Treasury yield rose. The market-implied expected policy rate path flattened, largely because of a modest rise at longer horizons. The broad trade-weighted dollar index fell.
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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

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Dec 16
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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.