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Economic Barometer

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These thirteen benchmarks are provided as an overview of the performance of the economy. Each one is accompanied by its definition and explanation of its composition and use. These benchmarks, especially in combination, are intended to help teachers and students and others readily locate and observe the fundamentals of the evolving national economy.

To make these measures available in easily useful form, many other series and components of the economy and statements of analysis have been forgone.


Quarterly Data

Q4 2019 Q3 2019 Q2 2019 Q1 2019 Q4 2018 Q3 2018 Q2 2018 Q1 2018 Q4 2017
Real GDP in Billions, 2009 Dollars $19,220.00 $19,121.00 $19,021.00 $1,878.50 $18,765.00 $18,665.00 $18,551.50 $18,324.80 $17,272.50
% Change in Real GDP from Preceding Period 2.10% 2.10% 2.00% 3.20% 2.20% 3.40% 4.20% 2.30% 2.60%
Real GDP per Capital, 2009 Dollars $66,001.00 $65,533.00 $65,008.00 $64,741.00 $64,344.00 $62,869.00 $62,240.00 $61,209.00 $60,665.00

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Monthly Data

2/2020 1/2020 12/2019 11/2019 10/2019 9/2019 8/2019 7/2019 6/2019
Seasonally Adjust Money Supply 4,019.30 3,982.20 3,978.40 3,948.30 3,923.40 3,903.30 3,853.40 3,858.30 3,839.60
Consumer Price Index, 1985=100 258.67 257.97 256.94 257.26 257.34 256.75 256.55 256.57 256.10
Inflation Rate 2.33% 2.49% 2.29% 2.05% 1.76% 1.71% 1.75% 1.81% 1.65%
Unemployment Rate 3.50% 3.60% 3.50% 3.50% 3.60% 3.50% 3.70% 3.70% 3.70%
Prime Interest Rate 4.75% 4.75% 4.75% 4.75% 4.75% 5.00% 5.25% 5.50% 5.50%
DOW Jones Industrial Monthly High 29,568.00 29,373.00 28,701.00 28,174.00 27,204.00 27,306.00 27,175.00 27,398.00 26,689.00
Consumer Sentiment Index, 1985=100 101.00 99.80 99.30 96.80 95.50 93.20 89.80 98.40 98.20

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Yearly Data

2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
U.S. Federal Debt, Billions $22,670.00 $21,460.00 $20,210.00 $19,500.00 $18,150.62 $17,824.07 $17,351.90 $16,400.00 $10,447.00
U.S. Federal Deficit, Billions $984.00 $779.00 $665.00 $587.00 $564.00 $438.00 $680.00 $1,089.00 $1,500.00

Sources

https://www.usgovernmentspending.com/recent_debt

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