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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

Aug. 24, 2017 | Survey

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity

Business Conditions in the Carolinas Softened Somewhat in August but Remained Positive


Aug. 24, 2017 | Survey

Maryland Survey of Business Activity

Business Activity Softened in Maryland in August, but Firms Remained Generally Positive


Pie Chart

Sept. 1, 2017

Fifth District Economic Indicators

Our latest regional economic data, updated monthly.

Regional Matters

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Aug. 24, 2017 | Publication

The Opioid Epidemic

States in the Fifth Federal Reserve District struggle with the opioid epidemic that continues to plague the nation. In fact, one state in the Fifth District—West Virginia—has some of the highest rates of drug use and opioid overdose deaths in the country.

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July 28, 2017 | Publication

Business Dynamics in the Fifth District

The dynamics of firm creation and exit are an important engine of economic growth. Researchers have noted that there has been a slowing in business dynamics in the United States in recent decades. Is the same true for the Fifth District and our jurisdictions?


Sept. 18, 2017

National Economic Indicators

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

Non-Employment Index

Sept. 15, 2017

Hornstein-Kudlyak-Lange Non-Employment Index

Updated index provides an alternative to the standard unemployment rate

Economic Brief

Sept. 6, 2017 | News

Richmond Fed Research Explores the Government Spending Multiplier

Richmond Fed's Economic Brief for September 2017 explores the government spending multiplier.

Economic Brief

Sept. 6, 2017 | Publication

Are the Effects of Fiscal Policy Asymmetric?

Cover for Second Quarter 2017 issue

Aug. 29, 2017 | Publication

Econ Focus, Second Quarter 2017

Cover Story: Pricing Vice
Can "sin taxes" be good for your health and the economy?

July 31, 2017

Economic Quarterly

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