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 October 2019 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending growth softened in August. Real expenditures on services were essentially flat and nondurable goods spending grew only slightly, while real durables expenditures rose solidly.
  • 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 fell modestly and were below shipments in August, indicating continued weak near-term momentum.
  • Housing activity indicators displayed further gradual improvement in August. Single-family housing starts and permits have rebounded over the past three months. New and existing home sales rose in August. A still-strong labor market and low mortgage rates could continue to provide support to housing.
  • Payroll growth was moderate in September, and a touch softer than that in August. The unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 1969, the labor force participation rate was unchanged, and the employment-to-population ratio ticked up again. Labor compensation growth appears to have softened.
  • Core PCE inflation firmed but remained below the FOMC’s longer-run objective.
  • U.S. equity indices declined over the past month, while implied volatility rose. The nominal 10-year Treasury yield was roughly unchanged on balance, rising earlier in the month but declining subsequently. The market-implied expected policy rate path was below that from around the September FOMC meeting. The broad trade-weighted dollar index rose slightly.
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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.