One of the world's largest economic databases turns 30

Nov 25, 2021
The Federal Reserve Economic Database, or FRED, has been an important resource for economists and more for decades. But what's next step for the database?
The exterior of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which houses FRED.
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Why breaking down economic data helps create equitable policy

May 19, 2021
“I want to look at reports and see all of me,” says economist Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe.
"A first step to promoting equity in Government action is to gather the data necessary to inform that effort," Biden said in his executive order on advancing racial equity.
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Here's what the crescendo of unemployment sounds like

Jun 24, 2020
Jordan Wirfs-Brock "sonified" data from unemployment claims to give us another way to process historic job losses.
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Economic disruption could lead to less reliable economic data

Mar 12, 2020
The COVID-19 epidemic may make it harder for government agencies to track and report rapid changes in the U.S. economy.
Economic data could become less reliable as people change their behaviors during the coronavirus pandemic.
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China tries to make its economic data more trustworthy

Nov 14, 2019
For decades, skeptics have accused China of doctoring its GDP and other statistics.
People take pictures during an opening ceremony of the Shanghai Stock Exchange's Sci-Tech Innovation Board in Shanghai on July 22, 2019.

Can the government's economic books be cooked?

Jul 3, 2019
U.S. civil servants who collect and analyze statistics are effectively shielded from political pressure.
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Making sense of stats that don't make sense

May 17, 2019
Don't question your sanity when economic indicators point in opposite directions.

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The problem with missing economic data

Jan 25, 2019
Because of the partial government shutdown, some agencies may not be able to release key economic reports on time.
Because of the partial government shutdown, some agencies may not be able to release key economic reports on time.
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Why did inflation increase in April?

May 17, 2016
The latest Consumer Price Index shows the largest monthly increase in more than three years.
 Clothes are displayed at a Manhattan store on May 17, 2016 in New York, New York. Consumer prices are up, according to the consumer price index.
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Measuring the economy's momentum

Oct 27, 2015
In a week full of economic stats, what's the underlying momentum of growth?