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St. Louis Fed’s FRED Gets a Facelift


ST. LOUIS–FRED® (Federal Reserve Economic Data), the signature economic database of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, has received a facelift for its 25th birthday.

The St. Louis Fed has made it easier to read, edit and share graphs, as well as to find related resources. The FRED team has put together an online tour of FRED’s new look and functions.

Additionally, FRED has a more robust “Help” section, with information on finding, downloading and understanding data. FRED also has new video tutorials on frequency, permalinks (or links to edited graphs), units and customizing data.

In addition, the FRED team has added thousands of new series. See FRED’s announcements page for more details on the updates, but here is what’s new since March:

  • Minimum wage: 50 series. The data from the U.S. Department of Labor cover the federal minimum wage and the minimum wages of 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories, from 1968 to the present.
  • Minimum wage workers: 183 series. These data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) cover hourly paid workers age 16 and older with earnings at or below the prevailing federal minimum wage across various educational levels.
  • Three centuries of macro data from the U.K.:  127 series. The data from a research project published by the Bank of England cover national accounts and other financial and macroeconomic data in the United Kingdom going back to the late 17th century.
  • GDPNow: 49 series. The release from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta provides a “nowcast” of the official gross domestic product (GDP) estimate prior to its release.
  • European GDP: 324 series. These data from Eurostat cover real and nominal GDP for the euro area, European Union, and European countries.
  • Interest rates: 40 series. These indicators from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors explain the movement of long-term interest rates and evaluate the behavior of long-term yields, distant-horizon forward rates, and term premiums.
  • World Development Indicators: 987 series. The data from the World Bank cover many areas,  from inflation rates to population levels,  for both individual nations and transnational regions.
  • Multifactor productivity: 1,137 series.  These data from the BLS are broken down into private business, private nonfarm business, and manufacturing sectors, starting in 1987.
  • Credit to the nonfinancial sector: 808 series. The data cover credit to areas such as households, nonprofit institutions serving households, and the government. The data are published in domestic currencies, U.S. dollars and percentage of GDP.


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