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 September 2016 Snapshot
  • After displaying robust growth in 2016Q2, consumer spending increased at a solid rate in July.
  • After falling for three consecutive quarters, the July data suggested some modest improvement in the outlook for business equipment spending.
  • Manufacturing production rose in July, but the August manufacturing ISM was soft. The July housing data indicated a very gradual uptrend for the sector.
  • Payroll growth in August was below that of June and July. The unemployment rate, employment-population ratio, and labor force participation rate were unchanged.
  • Both headline inflation and core inflation continued to run at levels below the FOMC’s longer-term objective.
  • Financial market conditions changed little. Realized and implied volatility were subdued over the past month. Long-term sovereign yields remained low in the major economies. Credit spreads decreased modestly.
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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
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.