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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

June 29, 2017 | Survey

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity

Reports Among Firms in North and South Carolina Remained Relatively Strong in June


June 29, 2017 | Survey

Maryland Survey of Business Activity

Maryland Firms Remained Generally Upbeat in June



June 30, 2017 | Report

Snapshot, July 2017

Reports on the Fifth District economy were somewhat positive in recent months. Labor markets strengthened and conditions improved slightly for area manufacturers; however, housing market indicators were mixed.

Regional Matters

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July 7, 2017 | Publication

A Sectoral Look of Real Gross Domestic Product by State

Which industries in the Fifth District contributed the most to real GDP in 2016? How does that compare to employment by industry and which industries generate the most output per worker?

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June 2, 2017 | Publication

What a Shrinking Federal Government Could Mean for the Fifth District

The Fifth District has a disproportionately high share of federal government employment and contract dollars, and could be more heavily affected by reductions than other comparable areas. 

Non-Employment Index

July 20, 2017

Hornstein-Kudlyak-Lange Non-Employment Index

Updated index provides an alternative to the standard unemployment rate


July 17, 2017

National Economic Indicators

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

Economic Brief

July 11, 2017 | Publication

Responding to Urban Decline

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2017

May 31, 2017 | Publication

Econ Focus, First Quarter 2017

Cover Story: The Missing Boomerang Buyers
Does it matter whether people who lost their homes during the foreclosure crisis come back to the housing market?

2016 Annual Report

May 25, 2017 | Publication

Annual Report - 2016

Reviews economic conditions in the Fifth District during 2016 and includes the article "Understanding Urban Decline"

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