Economic Indicators

Economic indicators are those important, mysterious numbers that get reported almost every day, but are somehow not put into context very often. Here are some of the most useful ones, listed twice: first by their reporting date in a typical month, and second by their reporting organization.


I - Indicators by Approximate Monthly Reporting Date

Links are to external sites; also see the second list, below, for glossary links to additional information about the indicators themselves.

FOMC Meeting
(every 6 weeks)
    Unemployment Rate
  Consumer Sentiment Index Retail Sales PPI
Balance of Trade Manufacturers' Orders  
New Home Sales Consumer Confidence Index  
Quarterly GDP
Consumer Spending


II - Indicators by Reporting Body

Department of Commerce  
    Bureau of Economic Analysis     Gross Domestic Product
Balance of Trade
Consumer Spending
    Bureau of the Census Manufacturers' Orders
Retail Sales
New Home Sales
Department of Labor  
    Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment Rate
Producer Price Index
Consumer Price Index
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index
University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index
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