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Federal Reserve Beige Book Interactive Summary

Economy Continued To Grow Amid Hurricanes; Staffing Demand Mixed

Economic activity increased across all 12 Federal Reserve districts, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). The pace of growth was split between modest and moderate. Employment growth was modest, and labor markets were tight. Employers in many districts struggled to find qualified workers, and these shortages restrained business growth. Most districts reported only modest to moderate wage pressures, though some districts reported stronger wage pressures in certain sectors. Growing use of sign-on bonuses, overtime, and other nonwage efforts to attract and retain workers were reported. Staffing demand varied across sectors, ranging from steady to moderate.

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Use the list or map below to browse a summary of findings for each district, prepared by the American Staffing Association.

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The Beige Book is a Federal Reserve Bank report on anecdotal commentary from district bank and branch directors, and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources, from each of the 12 Federal Reserve districts.

The Federal Reserve publishes this report eight times per year, generally at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesdays. ASA summarizes information from the beige book for each district, focused on employment, wages, and the staffing industry.

Click here to access the current Beige Book report at the Federal Reserve's website, as well as an archive of previous reports.

Why Watch the Fed?

Federal Reserve LogoThe Federal Reserve makes monetary policy decisions and provides insight on current economic conditions across the U.S. in the Beige Book report.

In addition to broad economic conditions, the report often addresses specific areas of interest for the staffing industry, such as commentary on local employment, staffing employment, and wage pressures.

2017 Beige Book Report Schedule

Jan. 18 March 1 April 19 May 31 July 12 Sept. 6 Oct. 18 Nov. 29


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