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New to FRED: International Data on Refugee and Migrant Populations

FRED has added over 400 series on the refugee population and international migrant stock from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators.

International migrant stock is the number of people born in a country other than the one they live in, including refugees. Refugees are people recognized as such

  • under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol
  • under the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa
  • in accordance with the UNHCR statute, the granting of refugee-like humanitarian status, and the provision of temporary protection.

Asylum seekers—people who have applied for asylum or refugee status and who have not yet received a decision or who are registered as asylum seekers—are excluded.

These series include data for individual countries, country groups, and the world. Search FRED for “refugees” or “migrant stock” to explore the data!

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FRED Expands Federal Reserve Bank Balance Data

FRED has added over 440 data series from the Board of Governors’ H.4.1 statistical release Factors Affecting Reserve Balances. The release tables provide a detailed view of the reserve balances of U.S. depository institutions, the condition statements of each Federal Reserve Bank, and several other tables on the assets, liabilities, and commitments of the Federal Reserve Banks.

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FRED Expands Its Local Unemployment Data

FRED has added over 18,500 series from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): monthly and annual-average estimates of civilian labor force, employed people, unemployed people, and unemployment rates for all census regions and divisions, states, and counties as well as metropolitan areas. The data are based on the Current Population Survey (CPS), which is the household survey used to calculate the national unemployment rate.

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FRED Adds Banking Assets and Liabilities Data

FRED has added over 500 data series from the Board of Governors’ H.8 statistical release Assets and Liabilities of Commercial Banks in the United States. Use the release table to easily choose between frequencies (weekly to annual), size (small or large), and charter (domestic or foreign).

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Paychecks at the top, at the bottom, and in the middle

The FRED Blog looks at the distribution of wage income.

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Is fear chilling the economy?

Like rolling a 6-sided die and having a 7 come up… This 3-part essay examines the lingering effects of the Financial Crisis and how we now think about risk.

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FRED Adds Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue

FRED has added 1,398 quarterly series on state and local government tax revenue at a national level as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual states. This quarterly summary, which has been published by the U.S. Census Bureau since 1962, is the most current national information available for government tax collections. The data are also available in release tables

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FRED Adds Average Price Data

FRED has added 1,479 monthly series on the average prices of household fuel, motor fuel, and food items.The data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and accompany the release of the CPI. However, unlike the CPI, average prices are estimates of the prices paid for specific goods in a given month, while the CPI tracks price changes. The data are also available in release tables.

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BoJ Assets

Central banks have purchased long-term bonds to lower long-term yields, but the Bank of Japan has taken it to epic proportions.

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What Do the Markets Hear When the Fed Speaks?

A recent Review article by Kevin L. Kliesen, Brian Levine, and Christopher J. Waller analyzes the impact of Fed communications on key financial market variables.

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