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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.

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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Sticky CPI

Filed under: Inflation
Published on: July 23, 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, held steady in June, rising 2.1 percent year-over-year. The three-month annual rate rose 2.7 percent in June, down slightly from its 2.8 percent increase in May. Sticky CPI has trended up since the beginning of the year, suggesting some inflationary pressure as sticky prices steadily approach prerecession levels.

Sticky CPI, percent change over given period

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Consumer Price Index

Filed under: Inflation
Published on: July 23, 2014

June’s consumer price index (CPI) release suggests that inflationary pressures were sustained. Headline CPI rose 0.3 percent month-over-month, down 0.1 percent from May’s 0.4 percent rise, yet the year-over-year inflation rate remained at 2.1 percent. The core measure, which excludes food and energy, also eased slightly with a 0.1 percent increase month over month, from 0.3 percent in May, bringing the year-over-year rate to 1.9 percent. The CPI for energy rose 1.6 percent in June, led by a 3.3 percent (month-over-month) jump in gasoline prices, which typically rise in the summer driving season. Food prices, which had been on the rise, edged only 0.1 percent higher (month over month). Elsewhere, drugs, tobacco, and apparel had sharp gains.

Consumer Price Index, year-over-year percent change

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