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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

Q1 2018 Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q2 2017 Q1 2017 Q4 2016 Q3 2016 Q2 2016 Q1 2016
Real GDP in Billions, 2009 Dollars $17,385.80 $17,272.50 $17,163.90 $17,031.20 $16,903.10 $16,804.10 $16,702.10 $16,575.10 $16,525.00
% Change in Real GDP from Preceding Period 2.30% 2.60% 3.20% 3.10% 2.00% 1.90% 2.90% 1.20% 0.80%
Real GDP per Capital, 2009 Dollars $60,977.00 $60,381.00 $59,767.00 $59,114.00 $56,820.00 $58,244.00 $57,479.00 $56,940.00 $56,557.00

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Monthly Data

4/2018 3/2018 2/2018 1/2018 12/2017 11/2017 10/2017 9/2017 8/2017
Seasonally Adjust Money Supply 3,695.30 3,663.00 3,612.90 3,648.00 3,600.10 3,603.90 3,585.80 3,556.60 3,556.60
Consumer Price Index, 1985=100 250.55 249.55 248.99 247.86 246.52 246.66 246.66 246.81 245.51
Inflation Rate 2.50% 2.40% 2.20% 2.10% 2.10% 2.20% 2.00% 2.20% 1.90%
Unemployment Rate 3.90% 4.10% 4.10% 4.10% 4.10% 4.10% 4.10% 4.20% 4.40%
Prime Interest Rate 4.75% 4.75% 4.50% 4.50% 4.50% 4.25% 4.25% 4.25% 4.25%
DOW Jones Industrial Monthly High 24,163.00 24,103.11 25,029.20 26,083.04 24,809.35 24,719.22 24,272.35 23,377.24 22,405.09
Consumer Sentiment Index, 1985=100 98.80 101.40 99.70 99.90 95.90 98.50 100.70 95.10 96.80

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Yearly Data

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
U.S. Federal Debt, Billions $20,210.00 $19,500.00 $18,150.62 $17,824.07 $17,351.90 $16,400.00 $10,447.00 $9,018.00 $7,554.00
U.S. Federal Deficit, Billions $665.00 $587.00 $564.00 $438.00 $680.00 $1,089.00 $1,500.00 $1,500.00 $1,413.60

Sources

https://www.usgovernmentspending.com/recent_debt