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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.

Contributions from Federal, State, and Local Government to GDP Growth

Filed under: Economic Growth
Published on: August 28, 2014

Government spending contributed 0.3 percentage points to second quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) growth, slightly less than previously estimated. Federal consumption and investment subtracted 0.1 percentage points from the annualized growth rate, and state and local consumption and investment contributions were revised down in the second estimate to 0.3 percentage points. Their contributions still represented the largest percentage-point growth attributed to state and local government spending since the second quarter of 2009.

Contributions from Federal, State, and Local Government to GDP Growth (percentage points, quarterly, seasonally adjusted annualized rate)

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Contributions to Real GDP Growth

Filed under: Economic Growth
Published on: August 28, 2014

According to the second estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second quarter of 2014, real GDP expanded at an annualized rate of 4.2 percent, a stronger rebound from the first quarter contraction than the initial estimate of 4.0 percent reported last month and the largest improvement between two consecutive quarters since the change from the first to second quarter of 2000. Upward revisions were made to nonresidential fixed investment (equipment, software, and structures) as business spending on structures, equipment, and intellectual property products provided larger contributions to growth last quarter than first reported. Net exports also provided a boost as exports were revised up and imports were revised down slightly. Residential investment, private inventory investment, and government contributions were lower than previously estimated.

Contributions to Real GDP Growth
 (quarterly, percent, seasonally adjusted annualized rate)

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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

Filed under: Employment
Published on: August 28, 2014

In the week ending August 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance declined to 298,000 from an upwardly revised 299,000 the week prior. The four-week moving average, a less volatile gauge of underlying labor market conditions, decreased to nearly 300,000, slightly less than the previous week's upward revised average of 301,000. The average for the past 10 weeks is just under 302,000, the lowest figure seen in a 10-week period since April 2006 and significantly less than the recessionary average of about 483,000. The downward trend of jobless claims points to gradual improvement in the labor market.

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

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Core Capital Goods

Filed under: Manufacturing
Published on: August 27, 2014

New orders for core capital goods (nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft) fell 0.5 percent in July compared with June. The decline, however, followed an upwardly revised 5.4 percent gain in June (originally a 1.4 percent increase). Shipments of core capital goods increased 1.5 percent during the same period and also saw June data revised up to a 0.9 percent gain from a 1.0 percent decrease. The rise in core shipments in June and July suggests that business investment in equipment started the third quarter with solid momentum. Year-over-year growth rates in orders and shipments remain modest compared with the first several years of the recovery.

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

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U.S. House Prices

Filed under: Real Estate
Published on: August 27, 2014

House prices in June continued to rise on a year-over-year basis, but the growth rate has continued to decelerate during the past few months.

U.S. House Prices (monthly index, year-over-year, percent change)

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