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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.

Core Capital Goods (year-over-year percent change, seasonally adjusted)

Filed under: Manufacturing
Published on: July 29, 2014

New orders for core capital goods (nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft) rose 1.4 percent in June compared with May. Shipments of core capital goods decreased 1.0 percent during the same period. In addition to the June decrease, May's 0.4 percent rise in shipments was revised down to a 0.1 percent decrease. However, shipments grew faster in the second quarter than the first quarter, suggesting a moderate rebound in equipment spending during the second quarter. Year-over-year, shipments are 3.1 percent higher, and new orders are 1.9 percent above year-ago levels.

Core Capital Goods (year-over-year percent change, seasonally adjusted)

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Sales and Months' Supply of New Single-Family Homes

Filed under: Real Estate
Published on: July 28, 2014

New single-family home sales fell 8.1 percent month over month, from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 442,000 in May to 406,000 in June. The months' supply of available new single-family homes increased to 5.8 months in June from 5.2 months in May.

Sales and Months' Supply of New Single-Family Homes

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Sales and Months' Supply of Existing Single-Family Homes

Filed under: Real Estate
Published on: July 28, 2014

Existing single-family home sales increased 2.5 percent month over month, from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.320 million in May to 4.430 million in June. The months' supply of available existing homes for sale remained flat from May to June at 5.6 months.

Sales and Months' Supply of Existing Single-Family Homes

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U.S. Single-Family Home Sales

Filed under: Real Estate
Published on: July 28, 2014

Single-family home sales reports were somewhat disappointing in June. New single-family home sales declined 11.55 percent from the year-ago level, and existing single-family home sales were down 2.85 percent.

U.S. Single-Family Home Sales, year-over-year percent change, monthly

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Economic Policy Uncertainty Index

Filed under: Gauges of Sentiment
Published on: July 28, 2014

The economic policy uncertainty index decreased 11 points from 90 in May to 79 in June. The index has fallen to its lowest postrecession point.

Economic Policy Uncertainty Index

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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

Filed under: Employment
Published on: July 28, 2014

In the week ending July 19, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to 284,000 from 303,000 the week prior. The four-week moving average, a less volatile gauge of underlying labor market conditions, was down to 302,000, the lowest number seen since the four-week period ending May 19, 2007. Claims have been fairly low for the past nine weeks, averaging just under 308,000, significantly less than the 346,000 figure seen in the nine week period ending July 20 of last year.

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

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