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This series of essays articulates the Richmond Fed's views on issues of particular importance to the Fifth District and the national economy, and their policy implications:

Regional Surveys of Business Activity


April 27, 2017 | Survey

Maryland Survey of Business Activity

Business Activity Improved in April Among Maryland Firms and Expectations Remained Upbeat

Carolinas Surveys

April 27, 2017 | Survey

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity

Business Activity Among Firms in the Carolinas Improved in April



April 24, 2017 | Speech

2017 Greater Washington Economic Outlook

Andy Bauer, a senior regional economist at the Baltimore branch of the Richmond Fed, reviewed economic conditions in the D.C. metro area for a group of estate planning professionals.

Regional Matters

Kayaking on the New River in West Virginia

April 14, 2017 | Publication

The Outdoor Recreation Economy in the Fifth District

Getting outdoors is healthy for individuals, and it is also healthy for the nation and the Fifth District. How large is the economic impact and who measures it?

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March 22, 2017 | Publication

Ties That Bind: The Carolinas in an Integrated Global Economy

While increased global integration required painful adjustments for some workers and communities as well as companies and even entire industries, there have also been significant benefits to this global interconnectedness, including in the Carolinas.


April 24, 2017

National Economic Indicators

The latest data on the national economy gathered by the Richmond Fed

Non-Employment Index

April 17, 2017

Hornstein-Kudlyak-Lange Non-Employment Index

Updated index provides an alternative to the standard unemployment rate

Cover for Third/Fourth Quarter 2016 issue

March 20, 2017 | Publication

Econ Focus, Third/Fourth Quarter 2016

Special Issue: Economics Over the Life Cycle
This issue looks at the economic situations that Americans face at various points in their lives — and the implications for economic policy and personal finance.

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