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 2016 Snapshot
  • Real consumer spending fell slightly in August, but the data so far for the quarter indicate that consumer spending growth in Q3 was solid.
  • August data suggested continued sluggishness for business equipment spending in Q3.
  • Manufacturing production fell in August, but the manufacturing ISM rebounded moderately in September. August housing data indicated a very gradual uptrend for the sector. Sluggish housing construction continues to raise some question about the extent of any rebound in residential investment after its decline in 2016Q2.
  • Payroll growth remained solid in September, and the unemployment rate rose. The labor force participation rate and the employment-population ratio increased. Labor compensation measures remain subdued.
  • While both headline inflation and core inflation continued to run at levels below the FOMC’s longer-term objective, there were signs of some slow progress toward the goal. Long-term sovereign yields increased, but remained low. Broad equity indexes were little changed, while oil prices rose. The Bank of Japan modified its framework, including a target of about 0% for the 10-year JGB yield.
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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.