Annual Report 2017 | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Unconventional A Policymaker's Reflections on Crisis to Recovery

Our People, Our Work

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis promotes a healthy economy and financial stability. How do we do it? The following figures from the past year offer a window into the St. Louis Fed through our people and work.

All numbers are as of Dec. 31, 2017, unless otherwise noted.


  • 1,373
    staff members, the majority located at the District’s headquarters in St. Louis, with branches in Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.
  • 100
    perfect score for a second straight year in the Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking tool for policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ+ employees.
  • 16
    new students appointed to the St. Louis Fed’s student board of directors.
  • 31
    college and seven high school students served as interns for the Bank.
  • #10
    ranking by DiversityInc in its 2017 Top Regional Companies list.


  • 125
    state member banks and 485 bank and savings and loan holding companies supervised by the St. Louis Fed.
  • 1.13 billion
    currency notes inspected and deemed fit for circulation.
  • 3,041
    suspect counterfeit notes withdrawn from circulation.
  • $36.5 million1
    in improper payments identified by the St. Louis Fed in its role as fiscal agent to the U.S. Treasury and its Do Not Pay program, helping federal agencies eliminate payment error, waste, fraud and abuse.
  • 29,481
    hours spent by internal auditors reviewing St. Louis Fed operations.


  • 35 million
    page views of the St. Louis Fed’s research site by people in 192 countries.
  • 2.5 million
    economic research items from around the world that anyone can access for free via IDEAS.2
  • 507,627
    data series in Federal Reserve Economic Data, better known as FRED®—the St. Louis Fed’s economic database—available online.
  • 128,282
    page views of GeoFRED®, our geographical economic data tool that allows users to transform data in FRED to create and share maps by geographic category and time frame.
  • 566,993
    items in FRASER®, the St. Louis Fed’s publicly available, historical digital library, with materials dating from 1791 to 2017.
  • Top 5%
    ranking for James Bullard on RePEc in a number of categories, including the h-index.3
  • #7
    ranking in research productivity for the St. Louis Fed among all research departments at central banks worldwide.


  • 20,069
    people attended our public dialogue and other outreach events in St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis.
  • 2,705
  • students and their chaperones from 75 area schools visited the St. Louis Fed’s Economy Museum.
  • 18,080
    bankers, regulators and other industry participants joined call-in and in-person St. Louis Fed information sessions held on timely financial and regulatory developments.
  • 485,000+
    students were reached through educators who attended St. Louis Fed economic education programs.
  • 1.2 million
    student enrollments in the St. Louis Fed’s Econ Lowdown online economic education and financial literacy courses and videos.
  • 84%
    of inner-city, majority-minority and all-girls high schools across the Fed's Eighth District accessed the St. Louis Fed’s financial literacy programs.
  • 10
    awards for Econ Lowdown.
  • 9,933
    people signed up for 41 workshops, conferences, forums and other events led by our Community Development department to promote economic resilience and mobility for low- and moderate-income and underserved households and communities across the District.


  • 8,758
    LinkedIn followers and 7,769 Facebook followers.
  • 238,532
    page views for The FRED Blog.
  • 76,855
    followers on Twitter handle @stlouisfed.
  • 437,361
    page views for On the Economy blog.


  • 119,340
    pounds of cash shredded and composted after being deemed no longer fit for circulation.
  • 149
    tons of waste recycled or composted—saved from landfills.
  • $243,142
    donated by Bank employees to local United Way campaigns.
  • $38,941
    raised by employees to help support food banks and feeding programs for the needy in the St. Louis area.
  • 9,861
    school items donated by employees to the Back-to-School Supply Drive to benefit area students.
  • 37
    Bank employees volunteered for Teach Children to Save Day at elementary schools in the St. Louis area.


  1. Total is for 2017 federal government fiscal year. [ back to text ]
  2. IDEAS is the world’s largest bibliographic database dedicated to economics. This service, provided by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), is hosted by the St. Louis Fed’s Research division. [ back to text ]
  3. The h-index, or Hirsch index, is a compound measure of publications and citations used to highlight research productivity. [ back to text ]
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