US Economic Indicators: Key Sources and Links
US economic indicators, data and statistics

Global Finance’s selection of the best links to authoritative sources of data, statistics and indicators about the US economy.


alt THE US ECONOMY
Most recent GDP report BEA

Historical data on the GDP

and its components

Economic research

Industrial production

and capacity utilization

Federal Reserve
Factory orders
Census (formally known as manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders)
Business inventories
Census (also known as manufacturing and trade inventories and sales)
US leading economic indicators index: Conference Board Conference Board

Manufacturing activity from

the ISM - Institute for Supply Management

ISM

Non-manufacturing (service) activity from

the ISM - Institute for Supply Management

ISM

Dates and lengths of past

recessions and expansions

NBER (business cycle data)
Empire State Manufacturing Survey Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Chicago Purchasing Managers

- Chicago Business Barometer

ISM

Weekly petroleum status report

- Energy Information Administration

Tonto EIA

EIA

API oil industry report API

NFIB Small Business Economic Trends and Small Business Poll

NFBI (Small Business Economic Trends)

NFBI (Small Business Poll)

DJ-BTMU U.S. Business Barometer

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (Economic research)

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (Market reports)

alt CALENDARS OF RELEASES OF US ECONOMIC DATA
alt CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
Personal income and spending BEA
Real earnings

Bureau of Labor Statistics

BD/TIPP poll - Economic Optimism Tipp online

Consumer sentiment by the

University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Consumer confidence by the

Conference Board

Conference Board
Consumer debt (formally known as consumer credit outstanding) Federal Reserve
Retail sales Census
E-commerce retail sales Census
ICSC - Goldman Sachs weekly US retail chain store sales snapshot ICSC

Monthly and weekly chain store sales

Chain Store Age
Johnson Redbook Index
Redbook (trends in retail sales and the consumer economy)
Household debt device Federal Reserve
Credit card delinquencies American Bankers Association (Type "credit card delinquencies" in the search box)
Personal and business bankruptcy filings American Bankruptcy Institute
alt US EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS
Employment Situation Report Bureau of Labor Statistics
ETI - Employment Trends Index: Conference Board Conference Board
Mass layoffs Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment Insurance Weekly

Claims Report

United States Department of Labor
The Conference Board Help Wanted Online - monthly measures of labor demand (advertised vacancies) Conference Board
ADP National Employment Report ADP
alt US HOME SALES AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY
Housing starts Census
S&P/Case-Shiller home price indices

S&P/Case-Shiller (Home price indices)

Federal housing finance agency house prices index Federal Housing Finance Agency
National Association of Home Builders NAHB (Housing Market Index Builders’ perception of the current and future market for new single-family homes - type "HMI" in the search box)
National Association of Realtors Realtor (Single-family existing home sales)
New home sales
Census
Construction spending
Census
Mortgage Bankers Association MBAA (News and media- Weekly mortgage applications)
National Association of Realtors Realtor (Home affordability index)

Mortgage Bankers Association

- Mortgage applications

MBAA (Press center)

alt US INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Internation trade
BEA
Export and import prices
Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Current account balance

(International transactions)

BEA
TIC - Treasury International Capital system
US Department of Treasury
altUS INFLATION PRESSURES
CPI - Consumer price index Bureau of Labor Statistics
PPI - Producer price index Bureau of Labot Statistics
Productivity and costs Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employer costs for employee compensation Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment cost index Bureau of Labor Statistics

Purchasing power of money in the

United States from 1774 to 2008

Economic History

Measuring worth

 

alt FEDERAL RESERVE REPORTS
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Bank of

Richmond

Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Bank of

Kansas City

Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Bank of

New York

Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Bank of

Chicago

Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve Board’s beige book Federal Reserve

FOMC - Federal Open Market Committee - statement

Federal Reserve
alt THE FEDERAL BUDGET
Current projections and historical data on the US federal budget Congressional Budget Office
Latest proposed US budget Whitehouse
alt US INTEREST RATES
Latest interest rates on mortgages, mortgage refinancings, home equity loans, auto loans and credit cards Bank Rate
Historical interest rates for federal funds and treasury securities Federal Reserve
Current interest rates for federal funds and treasury securities

Bloomberg

Federal Reserve

 

alt MONEY AND CREDIT
US money supply figures Federal Reserve
Data on US bank reserves Federal Reserve
Historical figures on consumer loans by all commercial banks Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Current and historical numbers on commercial and industrial loans outstanding by commercial banks Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
alt US DOLLAR
Dollar’s exchange rate with virtually any currency in the world

OANDA

X-rates.com

Yahoo Finance

Historical foreign exchange rates

Federal Reserve

OANDA

Dollar’s performance versus its major trading partners Federal Reserve
alt OTHER USEFUL ECONOMIC SOURCES ON THE WEB
Locate common economic indicators Economic indicators
Raw data of US economic statistics for graphing purposes Economagic
Economic report of the President
GPO Access (contains a comprehensive collection of economic indicators going back more than 50 years)
US Congress GPO Access (economic indicators prepared by the Council of Economic Advisors for the Joint Economic Committee)
Federal Reserve Board’s flow of funds Federal Reserve
Glossary of economic and financial terms

Economist

About.com: Economics

Freddie Mac

Association of American railroads Association of American Railroads (weekly press release on railroad freight traffic volume, an indicator of whether factories and wholesalers are ordering more or fewer supplies)
Exhibitor Relations Co.
ERC Box Office (movie ticket sales, which helps track changes in discretionary spending by consumers)
Travel Industry Association
Travel Industry Association (provides monthly data on air, rail and road travel that can reflect business and consumer spending)
GasBuddy Organization
GasBuddy (chart updates oil and gas prices around the US)
American Staffing Association
American Staffing Association (weekly index that gauges the number of people hired for temporary or contract work)
National Restaurant Association
National Restaurant Association (monthly report on current restaurant activity, as well as the latest outlook; reports are released at the end of each month)
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Hotel & Lodging Association