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 August 2019 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending rose moderately in June. Real expenditures on nondurable goods rose strongly, while real durable goods expenditures fell modestly. Services expenditures rose slightly. Retail sales increased solidly in June.
  • Real business equipment spending remained sluggish in 2019Q2, and its growth over the first half of 2019 was well below its pace in 2018. New orders of nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft remained below shipments in May, and continue to suggest weak near-term momentum.
  • Housing activity indicators remained soft in June. Existing home sales fell in June,while new home sales only partially rebounded. Single-family housing starts and permits remained anemic. A still-strong labor market and lower mortgage rates could provide more support to housing.
  • Payroll growth was solid in July, albeit a touch softer than in June. The unemployment rate was unchanged, while the labor force participation rate and the employment-to-population ratio both edged up. Even with a low unemployment rate, some measures of labor compensation growth have flattened in the past few months.
  • Core PCE inflation remains below the FOMC’s longer-run objective.
  • U.S. equity indices fell significantly over the past month, while implied volatility rose. Nominal 10- and 30-year Treasury yields declined markedly, and were well below short-term rates. The market-implied expected policy rate path moved down further. The broad trade-weighted dollar index increased. Oil prices declined substantially over the month.
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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

2019 Release Dates
Released at 11:00 a.m.

Jan 14    
Feb 11    
Mar 22*   
Apr 15   
May 13   
June 21*   
July 15   
Aug 12   
Sept 20*
Oct 15
Nov 12
Dec 16
* Publication is normally on a Monday, with three Friday exceptions noted.

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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.