The “U.S. Economy in a Snapshot” will no longer be published. Many of the data series presented in the chart pack can be found on FRED Economic Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. (September 22, 2023)

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 September 2023 Snapshot
  • Q2 GDP growth was solid. Consumer spending on services, state and local government spending, and fixed investment were substantial contributors to growth. Residential investment spending and net exports were modest drags on growth.
  • Consumer spending in July rose sharply over the month, while real disposable income fell slightly. The gap between consumer spending and income drove a drop in the personal saving rate. Housing starts were up over the year.
  • Payroll growth was solid in August while the unemployment rate rose due to a jump in people entering the labor force. The employment-population ratio has been stable since the beginning of the year. The rate of increase in hourly earnings, measured over the year, fell slightly.
  • Core PCE inflation over the year rose modestly in July, with a decline in inflation for core goods offset by an increase in inflation for core services. Rent inflation continued to ease, but was still high. The food price index has been unchanged since January.
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We post accompanying data for the charts, if permitted, with the intent to expand the series to the fullest extent possible.

Read more about the launch of the series: Just Released: U.S. Economy in a Snapshot, Liberty Street Economics, June 2015.

2023 Release Dates
Released by 11:00 a.m.

Jan 13   
Feb 10   
Mar 10   
Apr 14 
May 12  
Jun 16  
Jul 14  
Aug 11  
Sep 8 

About the New York Fed's Snapshot
U.S. Economy in a Snapshot, produced by the Research Group 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.
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