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State of the Economy – Resources for economic data summaries

Is the economy in recession? What are the projections for the budget deficit? Is inflation rising?

While there are many websites from which you can get economic data, it is often useful to get an overview of the current economic situation summarized in one place. I’ve gathered some of the more useful sites that present a range of economic indicators.


Current Economic Data Summaries

One of the best sources is the National
Economic Trends
publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. You will find the latest graphs and data, updated very frequently, for most major macroeconomic series.
You’ll need Adobe’s Acrobat to get the publication.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posts their Economy at a Glance, which lists employment, prices and similar series.

The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book shows
analysis across various regions of the economy. In addition the BLS has state-by-state tables
on employment levels, layoffs, and related data.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Overview of the
shows gross domestic product and it’s components (consumption, investment, government spending and international data).

The White House Economic Statistics Briefing Room
contains much of the same information as the above sites grouped by category.

The Census Bureau has an Economic Briefing Room with data on housing, trade, manufacturing, household income, poverty levels, and many others.

For US government debt, see the Bureau of Public Debt online. This site also has the current debt updated every day.

Stat-USA has a page, updated daily, called
the State of the Nation, which looks at
recent data releases and what is coming up. The Dismal Scientist also has a listing of data releases and covers a wide range of countries as well.

Finally, if you’re looking for more data or economic research oriented sources, see these links to more data.

Filed under: Data, Economy, Recession



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