Economic & Financial Highlights
Gauges of Sentiment
Economic & Financial Highlights tracks data from a number of series. The charts below are associated with the topic of gauges of sentiment.
Nov 15, 2016
Economic Policy Uncertainty Index
The economic policy uncertainty index rose 22 points from 79 in September to 101 in October. The index, which measures policy-related economic uncertainty, has returned to prerecession levels and remains well below its postrecession high of 245 in August 2011.
Oct 19, 2016
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Headline consumer prices increased 1.5 percent on a year-over-year basis in September, up from 1.1 percent in August. On a one-month annualized basis, headline consumer price inflation rose 3.6 percent in September from 2.5 percent in August. The acceleration in September was largely the result of an increase in the index for energy commodities, which rose 41.5 percent on a one-month annualized basis, the largest escalation since April. The core measure, which excludes food and energy, was up 2.2 percent year over year. The core measure has shown very little change since one year ago, when the year-over-year increase was 1.9 percent.