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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

May 26, 2016 | Survey

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity

The Region's Economic Expansion Decelerated in May, But Hiring Picked Up


May 26, 2016 | Survey

Maryland Survey of Business Activity

Hiring Remains Strong Despite Sluggish Business Conditions; Expectations More Subdued



May 20, 2016 | Speech

The Fed and the Fifth District

Sonya Waddell, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, reviewed regional economic conditions for an annual gathering of the Fifth District's credit union leaders in May 2016.

Regional Matters

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May 27, 2016 | Publication

Survey Says: Employers' Hiring and Wage Plans

In May, the Richmond Fed added questions to our regular monthly surveys to explore employer opinions on hiring, employee retention, and wage plans.

craft brewing

May 20, 2016 | Publication

Craft Beer: A-Head of the Beverage Curve

A brief update on the state of the craft brewing industry in the Fifth District.


May 23, 2016

National Economic Indicators

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

Non-Employment Index

May 16, 2016

Hornstein-Kudlyak-Lange Non-Employment Index

Updated index provides an alternative to the standard unemployment rate


May 12, 2016 | Publication

Econ Focus, Fourth Quarter 2015

Cover Story: Dealing with Disasters
From hurricanes to asteroids, how should we determine what steps to take to avert catastrophe?

April 18, 2016

Third Quarter 2015

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