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FRED Adds 2 Recession Series

FRED has added two quarterly GDP-based recession indicators produced by James Hamilton. The first is the GDP-based recession indicator index, which measures the probability of U.S. recession. The second series is a set of dates of U.S. recessions as inferred by … Continue reading

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FRED Adds 3 Series on Economic Uncertainty

FRED has just added 3 monthly series that estimate the level of economic uncertainty, as revealed in newspapers, for Japan, South Korea, and Russia. The source of these series is Economic Policy Uncertainty.

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Making Sense of Unemployment Data

Employed, unemployed, discouraged? In or out of the labor force? Frictional, structural, cyclical? Page One Economics provides the answers.

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The Great Recession Brought Tighter Lending Standards

From Economic Synopses: Tighter lending standards pushed down loan growth during the 2007-09 recession.

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FRED Adds 10 Business Conditions Series

FRED has just added 10 diffusion indexes from the Survey of Business Conditions from the Chicago Fed. These indexes are constructed from quantitative questions related to capital spending, hiring, business activity, and expectations in the Chicago Fed’s District. These results contribute … Continue reading

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FRED Adds 21 FOMC Series

FRED has just added 21 series from the Summary of Economic Projections published by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). These annual projection series relate to the federal funds rate and median forecast values for the federal funds rate, real … Continue reading

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ALFRED and FRED: Closer Than Ever

In a display of brotherly love and/or sibling rivalry, ALFRED has embraced the same interface as his younger brother FRED. Now, if you know how to use FRED to visualize and download the latest data, you know how to use ALFRED to … Continue reading

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FRED Adds 1,143 World Development Indicators

FRED has just added 1,143 world development indicators from the World Bank. These annual, country-level series include the youth unemployment rate, age dependency ratio, crude birth rate, population growth, adolescent fertility rate, and the employment-population ratio.

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Inclement Weather in D.C. Delays Some Data Releases

Federal offices in the Washington, DC, area were closed as of noon, January 22, 2016, because of inclement weather. Data releases affected by the closure include H.15 Selected Interest Rates, Interest Rates Spreads, H.10 Foreign Exchange Rates, G.5 Foreign Exchange Rates, … Continue reading

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FRED Turns 25 This Year!

On April 18, 1991, FRED began service as an electronic bulletin board. Ever since, FRED has expanded and enhanced the free data it provides. (Read more about FRED’s history here.) We’re celebrating this milestone with a small change to the FRED logo.

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