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St. Louis Fed Launches Two New Blogs


ST. LOUIS—The St. Louis Fed is launching two very different blogs this week-both aimed at one purpose: its ongoing commitment to transparency and dialogue with the public. 

St. Louis Fed On the Economy Blog

The economy.  It affects our jobs, our homes, our families—decisions we face every day.  The new blog St. Louis Fed On the Economy—is aimed at an engaged, nonacademic audience and will dive into the economic issues of the day.  Examples include how different job-search methods impact the likelihood of finding a job and the effects of “lowflation” on advanced economies.

The blog will feature a variety of voices from around the St. Louis Fed, including economists, as well as experts on housing, community development and education, to name a few.    

Look for new posts every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Readers are invited to comment on the posts so that the discussion can continue. 

The FRED Blog

This blog is all about our signature database, Federal Reserve Economic Data—or FRED® as it’s known to millions of people around the world.  The ever-growing database now includes more than 200,000 local, national and international time series from 65 public and private sources worldwide.   FRED is widely used by economists, market analysts, government researchers, teachers, students and journalists, but anyone can access the service. 

While the database is just that – data – The FRED—will be much more.  New blog posts will be published on Mondays and Thursdays and will feature topical, or recently-added data series, while also providing some context as to what the data shows, as well as a step-by-step explanation of how the graph was created – and can be customized. Ultimately, this detail will help users better understand the range of data tools available on FRED, as well as increase their own data literacy and understanding of economics.