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 January 2017 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending rose slightly in November and matched the pace of growth in October. December motor vehicle sales, however, were very strong and reached their highest level since July 2005.
  • November data suggested that the near-term momentum for business equipment spending has improved moderately in Q4 following the declines in equipment spending in the previous four quarters.
  • Manufacturing activity remained flat. Real residential investment appeared to have rebounded modestly in Q4 after falling for two consecutive quarters.
  • Payroll growth remained solid in December. The unemployment rate and labor force participation rate rose slightly, and the employment-population ratio was steady. Growth of average hourly earnings picked up modestly over the course of 2016.
  • Headline and core inflation continued to run below the FOMC’s longer-term objective; core inflation has been fairly stable over the past several months.
  • U.S. equity indexes increased slightly, while nominal long-term Treasury yields fell modestly. Oil prices and longer-term inflation compensation were relatively stable.
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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
2017 Release Dates
Released at 10:00 a.m
January 17   
February 13
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 17
August 14
September 11
October 16
November 13
December 18
2016 Release Dates
Released at 10:00 a.m
2015 Release Dates
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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.