We’re pleased to announce FRED has just launched a new search. The search uses new technology, which makes the content load much faster. Many series also contain deeper descriptions to improve your understanding of the data.
In the search results, we’re collapsing other formats of the series and sorting the list in a consistent order: by frequency, units, and seasonality.
You’ll notice a green banner at the bottom of the page. From there, users can access the old search interface (for a limited time) to ease the transition. This option is accompanied by a very brief survey to help us better understand user preferences.
In this newsletter, we use a graph to visualize the relationship between the monetary base and the consumer price index, map the population and commercial banks in the U.S. federal reserve districts, share some tips for playing FREDcast, and quiz you on the tools of monetary policy.
Focus on Budget Deficits and Surpluses
This assignment provides instructions on building the graph below and includes writing prompts for out-of-class assignments.
Using GeoFRED to Compare Government Budget Balances
This assignment provides instructions on creating the government lending/borrowing map below and suggests prompts for in-class discussion. See how you do on our sample discussion questions below.
Net government lending/borrowing by Nation
Click on the interactive map above to view an interactive version
Question: Name two countries that reported a government budget surplus (as a fraction of GDP) in 2017.
Learning about GDP components to forecast Real GDP
The components of GDP determine its value. In the third quarter of 2018, an increase in government spending resulted in an increase in the growth rate of GDP. Read on for more details and a list of resources to become a better FREDcast forecaster.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, “Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2018.”
FRED has added 4,965 data series on energy-related CO2 emissions from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The term energy-related CO2 emissions refers to emissions released at the location where fossil fuels are consumed. The release tables allow users to examine emission levels by fuel type, sector, and state.
FRED has nearly 50,000 demographic estimates that come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and represent population estimates for 25 race and ethnicity categories for 3,141 U.S. counties or county-equivalents.
FRED has added 7 new series from the Board of Governors: three regular seasonal factors, three weekday-basis seasonal factors, and the number of production days by month. These seasonal factors are intended for use with certain motor vehicle assembly data found in Table 3 of the G.17 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization release. Note: These are not seasonally adjusted data per se, but factors that can be used to calculate the adjusted data, which the Board describes here.
FRED has added 8 new series on business expectations and uncertainty from the Survey of Business Uncertainty, created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in partnership with Steven Davis of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University. The panel survey measures one-year-ahead expectations and uncertainties that firms have about their own employment, capital investment, and sales across the entire U.S. economy, including large and small firms from every industry sector except agriculture and government.
Curious about the textile industry in New England during the early to mid-1800s? FRED has added data on cotton production by yards for 25 different textile mills in New England between 1815 and 1860 and an aggregate series of the total production of these mills.