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 May 2017 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending rose in March after falling in the previous two months, but the pace of growth in 2017Q1 slowed significantly from that in 2016Q4. Some of the weakness in Q1 consumer spending appeared to be related to unseasonably warm weather and the delay in tax refund disbursements.
  • Business equipment spending showed solid growth in Q1, but recent data point to a more modest pace over the near term.
  • Housing indicators suggest the gradual recovery in this sector is being maintained, while surveys signal some slowing in the improvement in manufacturing conditions.
  • Payroll growth was solid in April. The unemployment rate fell to its lowest reading since May 2007, the employment-population ratio rose, and the labor force participation rate fell slightly.
  • Headline inflation is running slightly below the FOMC’s longer-run objective, while core inflation remains at a somewhat more subdued level.
  • U.S. equity indexes increased, while nominal long-term Treasury yields were roughly unchanged after retracing declines in mid-April. Oil and commodity prices have declined since the middle of April and the broad dollar foreign exchange index held steady.
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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.