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 April 2018 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending growth remained weak in February. Nondurable goods and services expenditures exhibited continued softness.
  • Business equipment spending continued to increase robustly in 2017Q4, and exhibited brisk growth overall in 2017. Capital goods shipments data suggest that solid growth continued into 2018Q1. However, recent monthly data on new orders suggest some slowing in near-term momentum.
  • Housing indicators generally point to continued gradual improvement in this sector. Tight housing supply and a strong labor market have the potential to provide continuing support to the housing sector.
  • Payroll growth was moderate in March following a strong increase in February, in part reflecting weather conditions. The unemployment rate and the employment-to-population ratio were unchanged, while the labor force participation rate declined slightly in the month. The latest readings of various measures of labor compensation continued to indicate modest firming.
  • Core PCE inflation continued to run below the FOMC’s longer-run objective, but near-term momentum has firmed.
  • U.S. equity indices declined over the past month, and volatility remained elevated. The nominal 10-year Treasury yield was little changed over the past month. The broad trade-weighted dollar index fell slightly.
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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.