2018 by the Numbers

2018 by the Numbers

Now that 2018 is largely in the books, we wanted to ask you to think about some of the figures and data associated with the past year.

Sources: Question 1; Question 2 (2018 data) (historical data); Question 3; Question 4; Question 5; Question 6; Question 7; Question 8; Question 9; Question 10 (amount in circulation) (circulated internationally)

1. How many times did the Federal Open Market Committee change the fed funds rate in 2018?
Two
Three
Four
2. The unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November 2018. What was it in January?
4.1 percent
4.6 percent
5.1 percent
3. The fastest growth in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 occurred in the second quarter. What was that quarter's GDP growth rate?
3.7 percent
4.2 percent
4.9 percent
4. People employed in the utilities industry earned the highest hourly wages in 2018. What was their average hourly wage in November 2018?
$21
$31
$41
5. How many areas in the United States are designated as metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) in 2018?
184
284
384
6. In 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that a certain MSA had the largest population growth from 2016 to 2017. Which one is it?
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (CA)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (TX)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (WA)
7. How many people became new members of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors in 2018?
One
Two
Three
8. As of June 30, 2018, how many U.S. financial institutions had more than $10 billion in assets?
33
83
133
9. The Census Bureau announced in 2018 that the manufacturing sector employs how many U.S. workers?
5.6 million
11.6 million
19.6 million
10. In November 2008, $866.9 billion in U.S. dollars was in circulation. How much was in circulation in November 2018?
$923.7 billion
$979.1 billion
$1.7 trillion