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August 22, 2014

Southeast Commercial Construction Update: Activity Up from Last Year
Commercial construction has been a bright spot in the region's economy, following years of postrecession sluggishness. How does the Southeast's level of activity compare with the nation's? A new SouthPoint post talked to industry insiders to take the pulse.

August 21, 2014

Seeking the Source
During the fitful recovery in the wake of the recession, economists have sought to determine why growth in gross domestic product has lagged that seen in earlier recoveries. A new macroblog post examines the question and finds that answers, while important, also vary depending on one's perspective.

August 21, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on business inflation expectations, industrial production, and unemployment insurance claims.

August 20, 2014

Minutes of the FOMC, July 29-30, 2014
The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on July 29-30, 2014.

August 20, 2014

The View from South Florida
Following a protracted struggle to rebound from the recession, South Florida appears to be getting on its feet. A new SouthPoint post pops in to the peninsula to talk to business contacts there and take the pulse of current economic conditions.

August 19, 2014

Latest Forecast for GDPNow
The GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the third quarter of 2014 was 3.0 percent on August 19, up from 2.8 percent on August 13.

August 19, 2014

Sticky Price CPI Growth Increased
The Atlanta Fed's sticky-price consumer price index (CPI)—a weighted basket of items that change price relatively slowly—rose 1.3 percent (annualized) in July, following a 2.3 percent gain in June. The 12-month change in the index was 2.1 percent.

August 18, 2014

Are You Sure We’re Not There Yet?
After years of fits and starts, the employment sector has been strengthening consistently. But how might a brightening employment picture affect wages? A new macroblog post looks at firms' expectations of changes to compensation.

August 18, 2014

Jobs Calculator Updated with State Data
How many jobs does it take in your state? Check out our state-level Jobs Calculator to learn how July data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for unemployment in each state.

August 18, 2014

GDP-Based Recession Indicator Index
Although real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second quarter of 2014 pushed the GDP-based recession indicator up to 24.1 percent, the level is still firmly anchored in nonrecession territory. This index from well-known economist James Hamilton assigns recession start and end dates based on observed dynamics in the U.S. economy.

August 18, 2014

Crooks Target Business Clients
Fraudsters are always looking to steal a buck. Sometimes they e-mail businesses authentic-looking invoices, hoping the businesses will send money to an account valid only to the criminal. Portals and Rails offers tips to help businesses avoid being duped.

August 15, 2014

Econ Ed Partnership Flourishing
Every year, Mississippi teachers attend Focus on the Economy, a conference that looks at the Fed and other topics. This conference is one outcome of a 10-year partnership between the New Orleans Branch of the Atlanta Fed and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.

August 15, 2014

Taking Tennessee’s Temperature
Economic conditions in the Volunteer State have been on the upswing of late, with employment and construction growing and the manufacturing sector continuing to strengthen. A new SouthPoint post uses recent conversations with contacts in Tennessee to depict the business environment.

August 14, 2014

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Construction Up in July
Nearly two-thirds of builders report that construction activity increased last month compared to a year ago, according to participants in the Atlanta Fed survey. See our latest results and updated charts.

August 14, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on consumer credit, Federal Reserve assets and liabilities, international trade, light vehicle sales, retail sales, unemployment claims, and more.

August 13, 2014

August Business Inflation Expectations Rise
Firms anticipate 2.0 percent inflation over the next 12 months, up from 1.9 percent in July, according to the Atlanta Fed's business inflation expectations survey. Firms expect compensation to increase by 2.8 percent over the next 12 months, on average.

August 12, 2014

Is Southeastern Manufacturing Leveling Off?
If manufacturing continues expanding in the Southeast, what's the cause for concern? SouthPoint looks at recent data and notes that although the sector's expansion continues, some indicators slowed down from their recent heady pace.

August 12, 2014

As We Age, We Get Both Smarter and Less Smart
Academic Eric Johnson explains the impact of intelligence on finances at an Atlanta Fed Public Affairs Forum.

August 12, 2014

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with JOLTS Data
Monitor labor market progress across several indicators with our revised Labor Market Spider Chart. Jobs openings increased in June to 4.671 million from 4.577 million in May, the highest level since February 2001.

August 11, 2014

Are We There Yet?
Just as impatient passengers in a car ask how near their destination is, economic observers want to know when the Fed's dual mandate of full employment and price stability is within sight. A new macroblog post examines some data to make the road map clearer.

August 11, 2014

Improving Mobile Security with Biometrics
The science of biometrics is flourishing. Two mobile phones with fingerprint recognition recently hit the market, and facial recognition is in testing. Portals and Rails suggests biometrics could spur mobile payments adoption, but not without working out some kinks.

August 8, 2014

New Data for Wu-Xia Shadow Federal Funds Rate
The Wu-Xia shadow federal funds rate is updated through July with underlying input data from Gurkaynak, Sack, and Wright yield curve estimates. The rate stood at ‑2.84 percent on July 31.

August 8, 2014

Getting There?
Recent data paint an improving picture of several important aspects of the economy. So is it time to declare that conditions are ripe for continuing improvement? Not so fast, according to a new macroblog post, which argues for cautious optimism.

August 7, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on commodity prices, consumption, manufacturing, oil and natural gas prices, unemployment, and more.

August 6, 2014

Sunnier Times in the Sunshine State
The recession hit Florida particularly hard, and its aftermath lingered stubbornly. But Atlanta Fed business contacts in the state recently described an improving environment, and a new SouthPoint post summarizes their optimistic outlook.

August 6, 2014

Data Digests Update on the Regional Economy
We have revised our Data Digests, which note trends in employment and real estate in the Southeast. View charts on employment, real estate, and more.

August 6, 2014

Miami Econ Ed Specialist Speaks at Major D.C. Conference
The annual conference of the National Academy Foundation, held in July, targeted professional development for educators and others. Read how the Atlanta Fed helped.

August 5, 2014

What’s Driving the Part-Time Labor Market? Results from an Atlanta Fed Survey
The aftermath of the recession has seen an increase in the share of part-time workers. Will this heightened share drop as the labor market heals, or is it simply the new normal? A new macroblog post examines recent survey data to assess the circumstances.

August 4, 2014

Keep on the Sunny Side
With economic conditions continuing to improve over the summer, business contacts are feeling optimistic that the trend will last. They report strength in the retail, real estate, manufacturing, and auto sectors, according to Southeastern Insights.

August 4, 2014

The Fed Explains the Payments System
The latest in the Atlanta Fed's animated video series explores the U.S. payments system, which every day handles millions of transactions between buyers and sellers. Learn about the Fed's role in keeping the nation's payments system secure and efficient.

August 4, 2014

Fishing for Your Private Data
Phishing e-mails try to hook recipients into providing their personal data by creating a sense of urgency. Portals and Rails suggests that financial institutions educate their customers about phishing schemes at the time they open their accounts.

August 1, 2014

What’s behind Housing’s June Swoon?
The region's housing market was regaining its strength nicely—until it wasn't. A new macroblog post examines some of the reasons behind the slowdown and which ones appear more likely to have a persistent effect.

August 1, 2014

Southeast Housing Update: Building on Recent Gains
Knocked back on its heels by the recession, the region's housing market continues to regain its former strength. A new SouthPoint post finds that builders and brokers remain upbeat and report increased activity from year-ago levels.

August 1, 2014

U.S Added 209,000 Jobs in July, Unemployment Ticks Up to 6.2 Percent
How do the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for unemployment and the broader labor market recovery? Check out the Atlanta Fed's Labor Market Spider Chart and the Jobs Calculator to find out.

July 31, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on capital goods, consumer confidence, GDP growth, home sales and supply, house prices, unemployment claims, and more.

July 31, 2014

Economist: Sports’ Economic Impact Difficult to Predict
Economist Robert Baade discusses the pros and cons of sports stadium projects at an Atlanta Fed Public Affairs Forum at the Birmingham Branch.

July 30, 2014

Federal Reserve Issues FOMC Statement
Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that growth in economic activity rebounded in the second quarter. Labor market conditions improved, with the unemployment rate declining further.

July 29, 2014

Econ Ed Team Takes a Field Trip
Since the late 1990s, the auto industry has become a staple of Alabama's economy. It makes sense, then, that the Atlanta Fed's economic education team recently held a workshop for economics teachers in an Alabama auto assembly plant.

July 29, 2014

No Sign of Summer Doldrums
The Southeast heats up in the summer, and so it is with regional economic activity in the second quarter of 2014. Strengthening employment numbers offer encouragement, with data indicating slow but steady progress. Financial Update's "EconBrief" discusses what the numbers might imply going forward.

July 28, 2014

Where’s the Mobile Payment?
Why aren't we hearing more from financial institutions about mobile payments and mobile wallets? Portals and Rails wonders if there just isn't a driving consumer need for the mobile proximity payment.

July 25, 2014

Auto Sales Accelerating
The American love affair with the automobile is well documented, and car buyers are helping propel overall retail sales in the wake of the recession. A new SouthPoint post looks at both evidence of our cultural fascination with cars and new data that show cars' strong sales performance.

July 24, 2014

Federal Reserve Study Details U.S. Payments Landscape
The 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study report examines the payments landscape, including updated results on card use by consumers and businesses, discussion of information on third-party payments fraud, and information on emerging and alternative payments likely to replace traditional payments such as cash and checks.

July 24, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on construction spending, industrial production, inflation, retail sales, unemployment claims, and more.

July 23, 2014

Construction and Real Estate Survey: Home Prices Rise
Home prices were up in June compared to year-ago levels, according to the majority of brokers and builders who recently participated in the Atlanta Fed survey. See all the latest results.

July 22, 2014

Sticky Price CPI Growth Increased
The Atlanta Fed's sticky price consumer price index (CPI)—a weighted basket of items that change price relatively slowly—rose 2.3 percent (annualized) in June, following a 2.9 percent increase in May. The 12-month change in the index was 2.1 percent.

July 22, 2014

A Closer Look at Progress in Selected Southeastern Labor Markets
Areas throughout the Southeast have experienced job recovery at uneven rates since the recession ended. A new SouthPoint post examines labor market recovery in urbanized versus rural counties and finds marked differences.

July 21, 2014

GDP Growth: Will We Find a Higher Gear?
In the first quarter of 2014, growth in gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by nearly 3 percent. Will the imminent release of more recent GDP data show that the U.S. economy shook off its torpor? A new macroblog post considers recent metrics to assess economic momentum.

July 21, 2014

How Much Will Chip-Card Technology Affect ATM Owners?
Independent ATM owners are facing the potentially steep costs of upgrading their machines to accommodate the impending migration to chip-embedded cards during a time when revenues are shrinking. Portals and Rails investigates.

July 18, 2014

Part-Time for Economic Reasons: A Cross-Industry Comparison
A segment of the workforce is working part time, even though they say they want full-time work. What factors are at work within this cohort, and which industries have been most affected? A new macroblog post delves into the data.

July 18, 2014

Jobs Calculator Updated with State Data
How many jobs does it take in your state? Check out our state-level Jobs Calculator to learn how June data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for unemployment in each state.

July 17, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
The advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance fell in early July. See the latest data on unemployment claims and more.

July 17, 2014

Continued Expansion Highlighted in Latest Beige Book
The newly released Beige Book finds that the Southeast—like most Reserve Bank districts—is reporting moderate economic growth. A new SouthPoint post examines the new release and looks at some regional highlights.

July 17, 2014

State of Distress?
Systemically important financial institutions like large banks and nonbank financial firms are required to have credible resolution plans in case they fail. Notes from the Vault raises the issue of whether U.S. states should have a similar plan.

July 16, 2014

Beige Book: Summer Brings Modest Progress for Southeast Economy
The Southeast economy expanded modestly in June and early July, according to the latest Beige Book. The report, released prior to each meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, noted stronger activity in the region's manufacturing and hospitality sectors, while bankers reported stronger loan growth.

July 16, 2014

Business Inflation Expectations Dip in July
The Atlanta Fed's business inflation expectations survey reports firms anticipate 1.9 percent inflation over the next 12 months, a slight drop from June. Firms provided input this month about their most useful planning/forecasting horizons.

July 14, 2014

EMV Train is Gathering Steam: Procrastinators Take Warning
The EMV conversion is gathering momentum. Estimates show that a significant number of credit and debit cards will be converted by the end of this year. Don't miss the train—you just may find yourself stranded and more vulnerable than ever to fraud.

July 11, 2014

Thoughts on Liftoff
Atlanta Fed President and CEO Dennis Lockhart, speaking at the Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Economic Summit on July 11, discusses the timing of liftoff, or the raising of the federal funds rate.

July 11, 2014

Take a Trip to New Orleans—Virtually
Learn about New Orleans' historic role as a trade hub and the financial infrastructure that allowed it to flourish. A new online virtual tour of the Museum of Trade, Finance, and the Fed at the Atlanta Fed's New Orleans Branch gives visitors a unique experience.

July 11, 2014

Americans, Europeans Spending Less Time on Housework
With just 24 hours in a day, time is a limited resource. New research from the Atlanta Fed highlights some surprising trends in the way people on both sides of the Atlantic allocate their hours.

July 10, 2014

Introducing the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow Forecasting Model
The Atlanta Fed has unveiled GDPNow, its new "nowcasting" model that offers a frequently updated examination of U.S. gross domestic product. A new macroblog post pulls back the curtain on how the model was built.

July 10, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on consumer credit, employment and payrolls, international trade, labor force participation, unemployment, and more.

July 10, 2014

A Southern Slowdown in Manufacturing?
After a period of sustained vitality, the manufacturing sector in the Southeast is showing signs of slowing its heady pace. Although some indicators merit continued optimism, SouthPoint uses recent data to look at the overall picture to assess the sector's health.

July 9, 2014

Minutes of the FOMC, June 17-18, 2014
The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on June 17-18, 2014. A summary of economic projections made by Federal Reserve Board members and Reserve Bank presidents for the meeting is also included as an addendum to these minutes.

July 9, 2014

A Look Back...25 Years at the Atlanta Fed
Through essays, photos, and videos, explore the last quarter century of Atlanta Fed history. Join us in reflecting on a period marked by dramatic changes and significant milestones as the Atlanta Fed entered the modern era.

July 9, 2014

Southeastern States Mind the (Skills) Gap
Employers sometimes struggle to find the right workers, especially in high-tech fields. States throughout the region have begun a variety of initiatives to combat the so-called skills gap, and a new SouthPoint post gives an overview of their efforts.

July 8, 2014

Americas Center Annual Review: 2013
Learn about the Americas Center's most significant projects, products, programs, and initiatives in its 2013 Annual Review.

July 7, 2014

To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question (for Millennials)
South Florida is experiencing a strong rental market, especially among young people. Is this rental surge the result of lifestyle choices, or are economic forces primarily guiding their decisions? A new SouthPoint post looks at recent developments to find out.

July 7, 2014

Atlanta Fed’s Altig Talks Economic Rebound
In a recent ECONversations webcast, our research director offered his assessment of the economy. He notes it is back on track after a disappointing first quarter, with business investment poised for a rebound.

July 7, 2014

Fighting the High-Tech Criminals
The organizations of the sophisticated criminals that carry out high-tech crimes involving millions of dollars often resemble the organizational structures of legitimate organizations. Portals and Rails reports on a recent conference focused on cybercrime, criminal organizations, and law enforcement.

July 3, 2014

Labor Market Tracking Tools Updated with June Data
How does the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for labor markets? Check out the Jobs Calculator and the Labor Market Spider Chart to learn more.

July 3, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
House prices continue to rise, and personal consumption continued declining. See the latest data on house prices and sales, personal consumption expenditures, and more.

July 3, 2014

Separating Out Job Groups in the Sixth District
Slowly but surely, job growth is returning to the Southeast. But what are the skill levels that the jobs require, and how has the skill level changed over time? A new SouthPoint post delves into the data to find out.

July 2, 2014

Torturing CPI Data until They Confess: Observations on Alternative Measures of Inflation
Atlanta Fed Vice President and Senior Economist Mike Bryan discusses using consumer price data to produce alternative measures of inflation in a presentation May 30, 2014, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's conference on Inflation, Monetary Policy, and the Public.

July 1, 2014

Southeast Housing Update: Home Prices Increasing, If Only Slightly
The regional housing market, such a vital part of the Southeast's economic engine, has sputtered in the wake of the recession. A new SouthPoint post asks builders and brokers about current conditions to see if housing's former vigor is returning.

June 30, 2014

The Implications of Flat or Declining Real Wages for Inequality
Income inequality is a widely discussed topic, yet the factors behind it are complex and challenging to isolate. Using a time-tested measurement, a new macroblog post discusses the role of one of those factors—educational attainment—in income inequality.

June 30, 2014

A Call to Action on Data Breaches?
Another day, another data breach. Portals and Rails asks if notifications to consumers about data breaches are adequate.

June 26, 2014

Torturing CPI Data until They Confess: Observations on Alternative Measures of Inflation (Part 3)
What do you think of when you think of inflation? This third of three macroblog posts on inflation measures discusses the importance of the Fed and the public having a mutually understandable dialog about inflation.

June 26, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
Industrial production rose slightly in May, and initial claims for unemployment insurance declined in June. See the latest data on industrial production, unemployment insurance, and more.

June 26, 2014

Florida, On Holiday
The Southeast continues its long and sometimes tentative rebound in its labor market. Although the region overall made job gains, Florida in particular recently hit a rough patch. A new SouthPoint post charts the changes and examines various sectors' performance.

June 25, 2014

Prices and Business Investment Heat Up as Summer Approaches
Contacts continue to report moderate growth in business activity, according to Southeastern Insights. A growing number of firms are implementing price increases, a change from previous months.

June 25, 2014

The Growing Gulf Coast: Good Signs despite Low Sales
The Gulf Coast economy continues gaining momentum, although not uniformly, with some sectors demonstrating notable strength (housing, for example) and others (such as retail) performing tepidly. SouthPoint recaps recent discussions with coastal contacts to assess the area's performance.

June 24, 2014

Torturing CPI Data until They Confess: Observations on Alternative Measures of Inflation (Part 2)
Is it more expensive, or does it just cost more money? In this second of three posts, macroblog digs deeper into how economists can work with the CPI to get a clearer view of inflation.

June 23, 2014

Torturing CPI Data until They Confess: Observations on Alternative Measures of Inflation (Part 1)
In the quest to create an accurate, reliable measure of inflation, economists have devised many ways to work with the data. In this first of three posts, macroblog looks at the median CPI and other trimmed-mean measures.

June 23, 2014

Do Consumers REALLY Care about Payments Privacy and Security?
Recent studies show that consumers may need a little more education about safe, strong online practices. Portals and Rails looks at the data.

June 20, 2014

Jobs Calculator Updated with State Data
The Sixth Federal Reserve District added 15,000 payroll jobs in May, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Check out our Jobs Calculator to find out how the latest data affect the outlook for the unemployment rate in your state.

June 20, 2014

The Wrong Question?
Economists have long debated whether the key determinant of slack in the labor market is the long-term or short-term unemployed. A new macroblog post argues that it's also critical to consider people working part-time for economic reasons.

June 20, 2014

Business Inflation Expectations Inch Up Slightly
Firms anticipate 2.0 percent inflation over the next 12 months, according to the Atlanta Fed's business inflation expectations survey. Respondents report that unit sales levels, on average, are about 3.7 percent below normal, compared to 5.7 percent below normal in March.

June 19, 2014

Cybersecurity, Small Business Lending Detailed in Latest "ViewPoint"
The second quarter edition of Financial Update's "ViewPoint," from the Atlanta Fed's supervision and regulation division, includes a look at combating the threat banks face from cybercriminals, developments in small business lending, and updates on national and southeastern banking conditions.

June 19, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on employment and payroll, industrial production, retail sales, and unemployment claims.

June 18, 2014

Federal Reserve Issues FOMC Statement
The policy statement from the June 17–18 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is now available. The statement, released following each regularly scheduled FOMC meeting, includes an assessment of economic conditions since the previous meeting and information about the Committee's policy decisions.

June 17, 2014

Sticky Price CPI Rose 2.9 Percent in May
The Atlanta Fed's sticky price consumer price index (CPI)—a weighted basket of items that change price relatively slowly—rose 2.9 percent (annualized) in May, following a 3.0 percent increase in April. The 12-month change in the index was 2.1 percent.

June 16, 2014

Brokers and Builders Paint a Fuzzy Picture
The Atlanta Fed's Construction and Real Estate Survey was mixed in May. Although builders indicated modest improvement in home sales and buyer traffic, brokers suggested a weakness in those measures. Brokers' and builders' sales outlook is less optimistic than it was a year ago.

June 16, 2014

Banking on the Financial Institutions as Gatekeepers
Because financial institutions play a central role in the payments industry, they are in the best position to keep out the bad guys. Portals and Rails discusses this role.

June 12, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on consumer credit, light vehicle sales, and unemployment.

June 12, 2014

Federal Reserve to Host Payment System Improvement Town Halls
The Federal Reserve Banks is hosting a series of "Payment System Improvement Town Halls" this month. The meetings are intended is to foster discussion and gather feedback on potential strategies for addressing gaps and opportunities in the U.S. payment system.

June 12, 2014

Southeast Manufacturing Rides a Wave in May
The important regional manufacturing sector continued its expansion last month, a welcome sign after a period of uneven performance. A new SouthPoint post looks at recent data and asks if the upward trajectory is likely to persist.

June 11, 2014

"Army Strong" and Economics
Military bases occupy a central role in national defense, but they also play a vital role in local economies. A new SouthPoint post looks at the economic impact of one such installation: Fort Campbell, which straddles the Tennessee-Kentucky line.

June 11, 2014

Signs Point to Slow but Steady Construction Growth
Construction and development finance still falls short of demand, according to Atlanta Fed contacts. Still, some experts see reason for cautious optimism when it comes to construction. Real Estate Research looks at some of the dynamics currently at play.

June 11, 2014

Check out New Data Digests
We've relaunched our Data Digests with interactive charts that can be exported to various formats. The digests feature monthly data and commentary on economic activity and trends in employment and real estate for the Southeast and the nation.

June 10, 2014

Labor Market Spider Chart Updated with JOLTS Data
Monitor labor market progress across several indicators with our Labor Market Spider Chart, which includes May data on job openings, hires, layoffs, and quits (JOLTS), and business optimism.

June 9, 2014

Looking Beyond the Job-Finding Rate: The Difficulty of Finding Full-Time Work
The challenges of job seekers in the wake of the recession have been well documented. But even with a gradually improving job market, the ability of workers to obtain full-time employment remains persistently difficult by historical standards. A new macroblog post looks at data depicting the trends.

June 9, 2014

Magic 8 Ball, Will We Ever Be Cashless?
Predictions of a cashless society have been floating around for a long time. Will it ever happen? Portals and Rails peers into the data.

June 6, 2014

U.S. Added 217,000 Payroll Jobs in May, Unemployment Steady at 6.3 Percent
How do the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics affect the outlook for unemployment and the broader labor market recovery? Check out the Atlanta Fed's Labor Market Spider Chart and Jobs Calculator to find out.

June 5, 2014

Leafing through Developments in the New Beige Book
The newly released Beige Book finds that Reserve Bank districts overall are reporting moderate economic growth. A new SouthPoint post examines the new release and looks at some regional highlights.

June 5, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
State and local government spending rose on a year-over-year basis in the first quarter of 2014, and manufacturing gained strength in May. See the latest data on government spending, manufacturing, prices, and more in the new Economic & Financial Highlights.

June 4, 2014

Southeastern Commercial Construction Picks Up the Pace
After years in the doldrums, southeastern commercial construction appears to be regaining its footing, with the number of planned projects increasing and financing becoming more available. SouthPoint looks at recent poll data to take the pulse of the sector.

June 4, 2014

Beige Book: Tourism, Auto Sales Gaining Speed in Southeast
The Southeast economy improved modestly in April and May, according to the latest Beige Book. With mixed reports on overall retail activity, the Atlanta Fed's business contacts identified the region's tourism and auto sectors as bright spots.

June 2, 2014

In Crisis, Fed Applied Liquidity Lessons from Depression, Says Historian
What actions should the central bank take during a financial crisis? Historian and Professor Michael Bordo discusses the Federal Reserve's role as lender of last resort.

June 2, 2014

How Discouraged Are the Marginally Attached?
There are many ways to parse unemployment numbers. Focusing on groups who are discouraged, marginally attached to the labor force, or—in some cases—both is one of them. A new macroblog post examines recent information to place these cohorts into perspective.

June 2, 2014

Mobile Payments Fatigue
We've all heard about mobile being the next best thing in payments. But after years of buzz, we're still paying mostly with cards and cash. Portals and Rails discusses whether there is actually a problem the mobile solution could solve.

May 30, 2014

Southeast Housing Update: Sales, Prices, Construction Activity Spring Forward
The regional housing sector continues to show steady progress, according to the Atlanta Fed's April poll of homebuilders and brokers. A new SouthPoint post views the poll results.

May 29, 2014

Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on consumer confidence, Federal Reserve assets and liabilities, home sales, house prices, and unemployment claims.

May 29, 2014

Small Business Optimism, Credit Approval Rates Rise
Small businesses are continuing their slow recovery from the recession. Small Business Trends summarizes recent data on business and credit conditions for small firms.

May 28, 2014

Monetary Museum Earns Kudos
We would like to thank our visitors for making our Monetary Museum a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner for the second year in a row. Learn more about our museum, located in midtown Atlanta.

May 27, 2014

The Economic and Community Banking Landscape
Atlanta Fed President and CEO Dennis Lockhart discusses the economy and community banking in a speech May 27, 2014, at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

May 27, 2014

A City of Big Ideas
Many cities aspire to be the next Silicon Valley, but only a few have the unique characteristics that would allow them to develop an economy fueled by technological innovation. A new SouthPoint post asks whether Atlanta possesses the ingredients necessary to achieve that elusive alchemy.

May 22, 2014

Measuring What Matters: Tracking Success in Economic Development
How can economic development practitioners best measure and track their strategies' outcomes? Tim Chase, of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, and Swati Ghosh, of the International Economic Development Council, discuss their research findings in an Economic Development podcast.

April 28, 2014

Economic Gardening: A Homegrown Approach to Growth
How effective are economic development strategies that seek to grow local entrepreneurship and small businesses? Todd Johnson at Gallup and Dell Gines at the Kansas City Fed explore the successes and challenges associated with this approach in an Economic Development podcast.

March 24, 2014

Have the Government-Sponsored Enterprises Fully Repaid the Treasury?
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have paid dividends equal to the Treasury's total purchase of their senior preferred stock. Notes from the Vault contends that these payments fall far short of the economic value of the Treasury's support.

February 27, 2014

Two Drivers of Financial Innovation
Financial innovation is likely to accelerate as the postcrisis regulatory environment stabilizes. Notes from the Vault considers two of the biggest drivers of past innovation, technology and regulation, to better understand likely future trends.

August 30, 2013

FASB Proposes (Too?) Early Loan Loss Recognition
The Financial Accounting Standards Board proposes to give investors more accurate information about expected loan losses, but at the cost of systematically understating the value of unimpaired loans. Notes from the Vault takes a look at FASB's proposal.

May 22, 2013

Lessons from the Housing GSEs for Resolving Too Big to Fail
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are back in the headlines, their future under debate. Notes from the Vault considers three important lessons these GSEs can provide to policymakers seeking to end too big to fail.

April 18, 2013

Reflections on the 2013 Financial Markets Conference
The Atlanta Fed conference recently brought together economists, academics, and leaders of financial firms to discuss various issues related to financial stability. Notes from the Vault considers one presenter's perspective and offers some alternative views.

March 8, 2011

National Consumer Protection Week 2011
National Consumer Protection Week is March 6–10. The Atlanta Fed is participating in this annual campaign to educate consumers on financial issues. Learn more about Federal Reserve resources on important topics such as preventing identity theft and understanding credit scores.