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 February 2018 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending growth was moderate in December. Durable goods expenditures posted solid gains.
  • Business equipment spending continued to increase robustly in the last quarter, exhibiting brisk growth overall in 2017.
  • Housing indicators point to continued gradual improvement in this sector. Tight housing supply and the strong labor market have the potential to provide continuing support to the housing sector.
  • Payroll growth was solid in January. The unemployment rate, labor force participation rate and employment-to-population ratio were all unchanged. The latest readings of various measures of labor compensation indicated further modest strengthening of growth.
  • Core PCE inflation continued to run below the FOMC’s longer-run objective, but near-term momentum has firmed.
  • After hitting record highs in late January, U.S. equity indices declined sharply. Realized and implied volatility rose significantly. The nominal 10-year Treasury yield increased sharply, and the broad trade-weighted dollar index declined.
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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

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.