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The Richmond Fed produces a variety of data and analysis products that provide insights into regional and national economic conditions. 

Regional Economy

Fifth District Survey of Manufacturing Activity
This monthly survey is sent to approximately 200 manufacturing firms in the Fifth Federal Reserve District. The results are released to the public at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Fifth District Survey of Service Sector Activity
This monthly survey is sent to approximately 200 retailers, wholesalers, and other services firms in the Fifth Federal Reserve District. The results are released to the public at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Carolinas Survey of Business Activity
This monthly survey is sent to approximately 160 businesses in North Carolina and South Carolina. The results are provided to the public on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Maryland Survey of Business Activity
This monthly survey is sent to approximately 160 businesses in Maryland. The results are provided to the public on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Fifth District Economic Indicators
Updated monthly, these charts provide state-level information on industries, labor markets, income, and housing in the Fifth District.

Snapshot
Updated monthly, this report on the Fifth District economy includes timely data and analysis of labor market, household, and housing market conditions at both the state and metro area level.

The Regional View
This monthly podcast series follows the Richmond Fed's regional economists as they inform groups throughout the Fifth District about the economy and the Federal Reserve System.

Regional Matters
An in-depth look at regional and national economic trends that matter to the Fifth District. Updates will be published several times a month.

Regional Profiles
This compilation is produced annually to provide a general overview of the Fifth District's economic performance. It includes data and analysis on output, demographic trends, labor markets, household conditions, and real estate activity.

Beige Book
Updated monthly, this report on the Fifth District economy includes timely data and analysis of labor market, household, and housing market conditions at both the state and metro area level.

Educational Attainment
The Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey includes information on educational attainment by a variety of economic and demographic factors. These reports provide graphs, maps, and tables that visualize select variables using the most recent data available.

National Economy

National Economic Indicators
Updated weekly, these charts and tables contain the latest economic data compiled by the Richmond Fed's Research Department.

Hornstein-Kudlyak-Lange Non-Employment Index
The Non-Employment Index is an alternative to the standard unemployment rate that includes all non-employed individuals and accounts for persistent differences in their labor market attachment. The index is updated monthly after the Basic Monthly CPS microdata release, which takes place about two weeks after the monthly BLS Employment Summary release that includes the unemployment rate.

Bailout Barometer
Updated annually, this is the Richmond Fed's latest estimate of the size of the financial safety net and the problem of "too big to fail."

Lubik-Matthes Natural Rate of Interest
The natural rate of interest is a key concept that helps economists understand business cycles. It can also be used as a gauge for assessing the stance of monetary policy. However, the natural interest rate cannot be observed directly and must be derived from actual data using statistical methods. Using a method developed by two Richmond Fed economists, the natural rate is estimated quarterly.

Contact Us

Sonya Ravindranath Waddell
Director of Regional Economics
(804) 697-2694