Skip Main Navigation Skip To Navigation Content

Economic Indicators

Download the America's Economy mobile app. Download America's Economy App Continue to the Briefing Room Continue to the Briefing Room

Download the new America's Economy mobile app.


Continue to the Briefing Room
Download the America's Economy mobile app. Download America's Economy App Continue to the Briefing Room Continue to the Briefing Room

Download the new America's Economy mobile app.


Continue to the Briefing Room
  RSS icon Email Alerts icon
U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services icon

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

The Nation's international trade balance in goods and services increased to -$41.8 billion in January from -$45.6 billion in December (revised), as imports decreased more than exports.

Released:
March 6, 2015

Next Release:
April 2, 2015

January 2015

-41.8°
$ billion

December 2014 (r)

-45.6°
$ billion

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured goods in January decreased $0.9 billion or 0.2 percent to $470.0 billion.

Released:
March 5, 2015

Next Release:
April 2, 2015

January 2015

-0.2°
% change

December 2014 (r)

-3.5°
% change

Construction Spending icon

Construction Spending

Total construction activity for January 2015 ($971.4 billion) was 1.1 percent (+/-1.2%)* below the revised December 2014 ($982.0 billion).

Released:
March 2, 2015

Next Release:
April 1, 2015

January 2015

-1.1*
% change

December 2014 (r)

+0.8*
% change

Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured durable goods in January increased $6.5 billion or 2.8 percent to $236.1 billion.

Released:
February 26, 2015

Next Release:
March 25, 2015

January 2015

+2.8°
% change

December 2014 (r)

-3.7°
% change

New Residential Sales icon

New Residential Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in January 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. This is 0.2 percent (+/- 22.2%)* below the revised December 2014 estimate of 482,000.

Released:
February 25, 2015

Next Release:
March 24, 2015

January 2015

-0.2*
% change

December 2014 (r)

+8.1*
% change

New Residential Construction icon

New Residential Construction

Privately-owned housing starts in January 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,065,000. This is 2.0 percent (+/- 10.4%)* below the revised December 2014 estimate of 1,087,000.

Released:
February 18, 2015

Next Release:
March 17, 2015

January 2015

-2.0*
% change

December 2014 (r)

+7.1*
% change

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales icon

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for December 2014 were $1,764.4 billion, up 0.1 percent (+/- 0.2%)* from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,331.2 billion, down 0.9 percent (+/-0.2%) from last month.

Released:
February 12, 2015

Next Release:
March 12, 2015

December 2014

+0.1*
% change in Inventories

November 2014 (r)

+0.2
% change in Inventories

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services icon

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services

U.S. retail and food services sales for January were $439.8 billion, a decrease of 0.8 percent (+/-0.5%) from the previous month.

Released:
February 12, 2015

Next Release:
March 12, 2015

January 2015

-0.8
% change

December 2014 (r)

-0.9
% change

Monthly Wholesale Trade icon

Monthly Wholesale Trade

December 2014 sales of merchant wholesalers were $449.8 billion, down 0.4 percent (+/- 0.9%)* from last month. End-of-month inventories were $547.6 billion, up 0.1 percent (+/- 0.4%)* from last month.

Released:
February 10, 2015

Next Release:
March 10, 2015

December 2014

+0.1*
% change in Inventories

November 2014 (r)

+0.8
% change in Inventories

Rental Vacancy Rate icon

Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in the fourth quarter 2014 was 7.0 percent, down 1.2 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the fourth quarter 2013 rate of 8.2 percent. The rental vacancy rates in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West were lower than the corresponding fourth quarter 2013 rates.

Released:
January 29, 2015

Next Release:
April 28, 2015

4th Qtr 2014

+7.0
percent

4th Qtr 2013

+8.2
percent

Homeownership Rate icon

Homeownership Rate

The homeownership rate in the fourth quarter 2014 was 64.0 percent, down 1.2 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the fourth quarter 2013 rate of 65.2 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, Midwest and South were lower than the rates in the fourth quarter 2013, while the rate in the West was not statistically different from the rate a year ago.

Released:
January 29, 2015

Next Release:
April 28, 2015

4th Qtr 2014

+64.0
percent

4th Qtr 2013

+65.2
percent

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade icon

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade

After-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $17.3 billion for the third quarter 2014 (the 3 months ending October 31, 2014), down $3.4 (+/- 0.1) billion from second quarter 2014 (the 3 months ending July 31, 2014).

Released:
December 15, 2014

Next Release:
March 23, 2015

3rd Qtr 2014

-3.4
$ billion

2nd Qtr 2014 (r)

+6.8
$ billion

Quarterly Services Survey icon

Quarterly Services Survey

U.S. Information sector revenue for the third quarter of 2014, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, was $336.5 billion, an increase of 1.0 percent (+/- 0.8%) from the second quarter of 2014.

Released:
December 10, 2014

Next Release:
March 11, 2014

3rd Qtr 2014

+1.0
% change

2nd Qtr 2014 (r)

+0.8*
% change

Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries icon

Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries

Manufacturing corporations' seasonally adjusted after-tax profits were $166.2 billion for the third quarter of 2014, up $12.6 (+/- 0.4) billion from second quarter of 2014.

Released:
December 8, 2014

Next Release:
March 23, 2015

3rd Qtr 2014

+12.6
$ billion

2nd Qtr 2014 (r)

+14.6
$ billion

(*) The 90% confidence interval includes zero. The Census Bureau does not have sufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

(°) Statistical significance is not applicable or not measurable for these surveys. The Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders estimates are not based on a probability sample, so we can neither measure the sampling error of these estimates nor compute confidence intervals.

(r) Revised.

All estimates are seasonally adjusted except for the Rental Vacancy Rate, Home Ownership Rate, and Quarterly Financial Report for Retail Trade. None of the estimates are adjusted for price changes.

[PDF] or denotes a file in Adobe's Portable Document Format. To view the file, you will need the Adobe® Reader® Off Site available free from Adobe. [Excel] or indicate a document is in the Microsoft® Excel® Spreadsheet Format (XLS). To view the file, you will need the Microsoft® Excel® Viewer Off Site available for free from Microsoft®. This symbol Off Site indicates a link to a non-government web site. Our linking to these sites does not constitute an endorsement of any products, services or the information found on them. Once you link to another site you are subject to the policies of the new site.