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 March 2017 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending was soft in January, suggesting slower real PCE growth in Q1 than in recent quarters. Auto sales in January and February have shown a step-down compared to Q4 and there were further declines in energy services expenditures due to mild weather.
  • January data suggested somewhat stronger near-term momentum for business equipment spending in 2017Q1.
  • Surveys suggest sizable improvement in manufacturing conditions, but production data still indicate sluggish growth. Single-family housing starts appear to remain on a gradual uptrend, but new single-family home sales may have peaked in late 2016.
  • Payroll growth was solid again in February. The unemployment rate fell, while the labor force participation rate and employment-population ratio rose in the month. Some labor compensation measures are pointing to firmer wage growth.
  • Headline and core price data were strong in January, suggesting inflation is continuing its progress towards the FOMC’s goal.
  • U.S. equity indexes and nominal long-term Treasury yields moved higher. After trading in a narrow range for an extended period of time, oil prices recently pulled back over concerns of oversupply in the market.
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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.