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Congressional Staff Briefing FRED® Demonstration

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Take the economy with you wherever you go! 

Bring your tablet or laptop to SVC 209 in the Capitol Visitor Center on Friday, March 20 at 1 p.m. EDT to learn how to combine data with a powerful mix of tools that help users understand, interact with, display, and disseminate the data.

Keith Taylor, FRED datadesk coordinator at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will teach you how to:
  1. create a graph that compares the national unemployment rate to the unemployment rate for your state;
  2. save the graph so that every time you return to it, you see the latest data;
  3. add that graph to a dashboard along with state-level data for average hourly earnings, house prices, and the change in nonfarm payrolls; and
  4. map a series in GeoFRED® to see differences across states and counties.
To prepare for the briefing, set up a free user account in advance. Our free user account lets you save, create, subscribe, and share:  Save your graphs and datalists. Create your own "dashboard" webpage with "widgets." Subscribe to data alerts.  And, share it all with friends!

To sign up for a new account, complete the registration form at We will send you a confirmation email. Follow the link in the confirmation email to verify your email address. Then you will be able to login to your user account at

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Database) is an online database of 246,000 economic data series from 77 regional, national, and international sources. The graphs and supporting data are housed on the St. Louis Fed’s signature database—FRED. FRED receives millions of visits each year and garners praise from the country's top economic journalists and bloggers. One source called it "the most amazing economics website in the world."

If you are unable to attend, please forward this invitation to someone else from your office who would like to attend.  If you have questions, please contact Valerie Coleman, associate specialist for Government Relations, at 314-444-8310.