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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 19, 2014

In the week ending September 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance fell sharply by 36,000 to 280,000 claims, the second-lowest level of the recovery and lower than the consensus range of about 290,000 to 325,000. The four-week moving average, a less volatile gauge of underlying labor market conditions, declined to 300,000—among the lowest levels of the recovery—from the previous week's average of just over 304,000.

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

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Housing Starts

Filed under: Real Estate
Published on: September 19, 2014

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts ticked down in August. Total starts fell 14.4 percent from July to August. Single-family starts decreased 2.4 percent during the same period. On a year-over-year basis, total starts increased 8.0 percent, and single-family starts increased 10.1 percent.

Housing Starts (monthly, SAAR, thousand units)

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Sticky Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Filed under: Inflation
Published on: September 18, 2014

The Atlanta Fed's sticky-price consumer price index (CPI), a measure of price change for the components of the CPI that are relatively slow to change, rose just 0.4 percent (one-month annualized) in August, its smallest gain since November 2009. The 12-month change in the index was 2.0 percent in August, down from 2.1 percent in July.

Sticky Consumer Price Index (CPI), percent change over given period

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Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Filed under: Inflation
Published on: September 18, 2014

Headline consumer prices were up 1.7 percent year over year in August, down from July’s 2.0 percent. The core measure, which excludes food and energy, was up 1.7 percent year over year in August, easing from 1.9 percent in July. The monthly annualized core reading increased 0.2 percent in August, the smallest one-month increase since January 2010 when it was down 1.8 percent. Though the subindexes for shelter, new vehicles, and alcoholic beverages rose, these advances were offset by declines in several subindexes, including airline fares, recreation, household furnishings and operations, apparel, and used cars and trucks.

Consumer Price Index (CPI), year-over-year percent change

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Retail Sales

Filed under: Consumption
Published on: September 17, 2014

Total retail sales increased significantly in August, rising 0.6 percent from an upwardly revised 0.3 percent in July. Year over year, total retail sales rose 5.0 percent, which is the strongest growth since July 2013. Core retail sales for July—excluding auto, gas, and building materials—were revised up from 0.1 percent to 0.4 percent and remained flat in August.

Retail Sales
 (year-over-year percent change, seasonally adjusted)

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Industrial Production

Filed under: Manufacturing
Published on: September 17, 2014

Industrial production (IP) fell 0.1 percent from July to August, its first monthly decline since January. July IP was also revised down, from a 0.4 percent increase to a 0.2 percent increase. Manufacturing production declined 0.4 percent in August from the previous month, driven in large part by a 7.6 percent drop in the production of motor vehicles and parts, which had increased 9.3 percent in July. Excluding motor vehicles and parts, which can be volatile during the summer months as a result of auto plant shutdowns, manufacturing output edged up 0.1 percent in August. Mining production rose 0.5 percent in August compared with July, and utilities rose 1.0 percent. Total IP grew at a 4.1 percent annualized rate in August, marking the fourth consecutive month the annual rate of growth has been above 4.0 percent.

Industrial Production, year-over-year percent change

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