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 November 2016 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending rebounded significantly in September, but the pace of growth in Q3 overall slowed notably from that in Q2.
  • Business equipment spending has declined for four consecutive quarters through 2016Q3, and September data suggested further sluggishness over the near term.
  • Activity in the manufacturing sector remained flat. While inventories-sales ratios for new and existing homes were below historical averages, real residential investment declined in both Q2 and Q3.
  • Payroll growth remained solid in October, and the unemployment rate fell. The labor force participation rate and the employment-population ratio declined. Labor compensation measures have started to show evidence of stronger growth.
  • Both headline and core inflation continued to run at levels below the FOMC’s longer-term objective, but inflation still showed slow progress toward the FOMC’s goal.
  • Long-term sovereign yields increased, but remained low. Broad equity indexes declined, and oil prices pulled back from recent highs. Market-based measures of longer-term inflation compensation moved up, but are still low.
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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
2016 Release Dates
Released at 10:00 a.m
January 18  February 16  March 21 
April 11  May 19   June 20  
July 18   August 15   September 12  
October 17   November 14   December 19  
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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.