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Economic & Financial Highlights

Economic & Financial Highlights tracks data from a number of series. Below are the last seven days’ worth of charts, from newest to oldest, and analysis to provide context for the data. The “Search Charts” box at right allows you to search historical charts using various criteria.

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

Filed under: Employment
Published on: September 12, 2014

In the week ending September 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance increased to 315,000 from an upwardly revised 304,000 the week prior. The four-week moving average, a less volatile gauge of underlying labor market conditions, increased slightly to 304,000 from the previous week's upward revised average of just over 303,000. Although the average increased, it's still at prerecession levels and consistent with gradually improving labor market conditions. Additionally, the period included the Labor Day holiday, and weekly claims can be volatile around holidays.

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims (four-week moving average, seasonally adjusted, thousands)

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Broad Trade-Weighted Exchange Value of the U.S. Dollar

Filed under: International
Published on: September 12, 2014

The monthly average of the nominal trade-weighted exchange value of the dollar increased 0.9 percent in August compared with the previous month.

Currencies of most major trading partners depreciated again the dollar. The British pound fell a sizeable 2.1 percent, pulled down by an increasingly uncertain outcome of the upcoming referendum in Scotland. The euro dropped 1.6 percent, as economic data for the euro area came in weaker than expected and the European Central Bank took steps to ease monetary policy. The dollar also strengthened again the yen and the Canadian dollar and was slightly higher against the basket of currencies of major developing countries. On a trade-weighted basis, the dollar was up 1.1 percent compared with August 2013.

Broad Trade-Weighted Exchange Value of the U.S. Dollar (nominal, monthly, January 1997=100 

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Light Vehicle Sales

Filed under: Consumption
Published on: September 12, 2014

Light vehicle sales surged to 17.4 million units (the seasonally adjusted annualized rate) in August from 16.4 million units in July. This pace is its strongest one since before the recession in early 2006. Month over month, domestic light vehicles grew 7.2 percent, and imported vehicles grew 3.5 percent.

Light Vehicle Sales (millions of units, monthly, SAAR)

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