Now revised and expanded, this widely-used desk reference provides quick and easy access to current and reliable data on the major statistical measures of the U.S. economy. Equally useful for students, general readers, economists, analysts, journalists, and investors, the guide provides concise, jargon-free explanations of the meaning, use, and availability of more than 70 macroeconomic indicators, including websites, recent trends, and current data.
Tables and Figure; Preface; Data Sharing and Confidentiality of Federal Government Statistical Data; Using this Book; 1. Average Weekly Earnings; 2. Average Weekly Hours; 3. Balance of Payments; 4. Balance of Trade; 5. Bank Loans: Commercial and Industrial; 6. Bankruptcies: Personal; 7. Capacity Utilization; 8. Consumer Attitude Indexes; 9. Consumer Credit; 10. Consumer Credit Delinquency; 11. Consumer Price Index; 12. Corporate Profits; 13. Distribution of Income; 14. Distribution of Wealth; 15. Employment; 16. Employment Cost Index; 17. Farm Parity Ratio; 18. GDP Price Measures; 19. Government Economic Transactions; 20. Gross Domestic Product; 21. Help-Wanted Advertising Index; 22. Home Sales: New and Existing Houses; 23. Housing Affordability Index; 24. House Prices: New and Existing Houses; 25. Housing Starts; 26. Housing Vacancy Rate; 27. Import and Export Price Indexes; 28. Industrial Production Index; 29. Interest Rates; 30. International Investment Position of the United States; 31. Inventory-Sales Ratios; 32. Job Gains and Losses; 33. Job Openings and Labor Turnover; 34. Leading, Coincident, and Lagging Indexes; 35. Manufacturers' Orders; 36. Mortgage Loan Applications; 37. Mortgage Delinquency and Foreclosure; 38. Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index; 39. PMI; 40. Personal Income and Saving; 41. Poverty; 42. Producer Price Indexes; 43. Productivity: Business Sector; 44. Retail Sales; 45. Selected Services Revenue; 46. Stock Market Price Aggregates and Dividend Yields; 47. Unemployment; 48. Unit Labor Costs: Business Sector; 49. Value of the Dollar; References; Index.