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 2017 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending increased at a faster rate in December than in November, with overall growth in Q4 showing a solid pace.
  • Consumer spending growth in Q3 and Q4 was accompanied by a declining personal saving rate.
  • December data suggested some continued near-term momentum for business equipment spending, but investment in nonresidential structures declined in Q4.
  • Manufacturing activity picked up in December. Housing sector data for Q4 was reasonably strong, and real residential investment increased in Q4 after two consecutive quarterly declines.
  • Payroll growth remained solid in January. The unemployment rate, labor force participation rate, and employment-population ratio all rose in the month. Overall, the data indicate wage growth remains modest.
  • Headline and core inflation continued to run below the FOMC’s longer-term objective; headline inflation has firmed over the past several months, while core inflation has been fairly stable.
  • U.S. equity indexes and nominal long-term Treasury yields were little changed on net. Oil prices and longer-term inflation compensation were also relatively stable.
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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
2017 Release Dates
Released at 10:00 a.m.
January 17   
February 13   
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19
July 14*
August 14
September 8*
October 16
November 13
December 18
* Publication is normally on a Monday, with two Friday exceptions noted.
2016 Release Dates
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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.