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Federal Reserve Beige Book Interactive Summary

Fed: Modest to Moderate Economic Growth; Staffing Demand Up

Economic activity expanded across the U.S., according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”), with a majority of districts reporting modest to moderate growth. Employment and wages continued to expand at a modest or moderate pace across most of the nation, but employers again reported tight labor markets and difficulties finding and retaining qualified workers—particularly highly skilled engineers, finance and sales professionals, construction and manufacturing workers, information technology professionals, and truck drivers. Staffing demand grew in several districts.

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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.

2018 Beige Book Report Schedule

Jan. 17 March 7 April 18 May 30 July 18 Sept. 12 Oct. 24 Dec. 5


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