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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


March 2, 2017 | Survey

Maryland Survey of Business Activity

Business Activity Flat in February; Expectations for Future Conditions and Hiring Strengthen

Carolinas Surveys

March 2, 2017 | Survey

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity

Business Sentiment Improved in February; Respondents More Optimistic About the Outlook


Pie Chart

March 3, 2017

Fifth District Economic Indicators

Our latest regional economic data, updated monthly.

Regional Matters

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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.

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March 3, 2017 | Publication

Building Momentum: Garrett County, Md., Economy on the Upswing

After the severity of the Great Recession, how has the Garrett County economy progressed? How has the labor market improved? Has business activity stabilized?


March 20, 2017

National Economic Indicators

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

Non-Employment Index

March 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.

Economic Brief

Feb. 15, 2017 | Publication

How Couples Approach Portfolio Allocation

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