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 2017 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending fell in February for a second consecutive month, suggesting a marked slowdown in Q1 PCE growth. A delay in tax refund disbursements may be a factor behind weak consumer spending so far in 2017.
  • February data suggested some improvement in business equipment spending conditions and a continued slow uptrend in single-family housing starts.
  • Surveys continued to indicate sizable improvement in manufacturing conditions, with production data showing a rebound in the sector’s activity.
  • Payroll growth was softer in March, partly due to weather effects, but other indicators pointed to ongoing labor market improvement. The unemployment rate fell, the employment-population ratio rose, and the labor force participation rate held steady in the month.
  • February data suggest that headline inflation is close to the FOMC’s longer-run objective, while core inflation is still running modestly below the objective.
  • U.S. equity indexes and nominal long-term Treasury yields moved lower. Oil prices retraced most of the decline that occurred in the first half of March, while the broad dollar foreign exchange index moved lower.
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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 14*
August 14
September 8*
October 16
November 13
December 18
* Publication is normally on a Monday, with two Friday exceptions noted.
** Publication will be released at 11:15am.
2016 Release Dates
Released at 10:00 a.m
2015 Release Dates
Released at 10:00 a.m

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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.