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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

Carolinas Surveys

Jan. 26, 2017 | Survey

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity

Business Activity Advanced in January; Respondents Grew More Optimistic About the Outlook


Jan. 26, 2017 | Survey

Maryland Survey of Business Activity

Business Activity Soft in January; Expectations for Future Conditions and Hiring Rebound



Feb. 10, 2017 | Speech

National Economic Conditions

Rick Kaglic, a senior regional economist at the Charlotte branch of the Richmond Fed, reviewed national economic conditions with a group of real estate professionals in January 2017.

Regional Matters

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Feb. 24, 2017 | Publication

Apprenticeships: Are They Worth It?

For the past few years, businesses in the Fifth District have expressed concerns over a growing skills mismatch in the local labor force. As a result, some firms have turned to apprenticeship programs to address their needs. 

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Jan. 23, 2017 | Publication

Beige Book - A New Look

On Jan. 18, the Board of Governors released the most recent installment of the Beige Book report. With this report comes a new design. What changes can you expect, and why now?


Feb. 27, 2017

National Economic Indicators

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

Non-Employment Index

Feb. 16, 2017

Hornstein-Kudlyak-Lange Non-Employment Index

Updated index provides an alternative to the standard unemployment rate

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