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Pieces of Eight: News Bulletins from the Eighth Federal Reserve District

Thursday, January 1, 1998

The Regional Economist Online

The next time you're surfing the Internet, be sure to check out the online version of The Regional Economist via the St. Louis Fed's web site ( All of the publication's features are there—the three articles, the president's message (Eighth Notes), news briefs (Pieces of Eight) and the district data pages—in a user-friendly format. You can access back issues (there's a list of topics already covered on The Regional Economist home page), drop us an e-mail or sign up a colleague to receive the publication through our online order form.

Starting with the January 1998 issue, we've made some improvements to make the site easier to access and navigate. For example, all current articles are now available in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) format, which means you can get to them quicker and copy them into word processing documents or e-mail messages. There are also more links, which make it easier to navigate both within the publication and throughout the St. Louis Fed's overall web site.

To get directly to The Regional Economist online, set your browser for

Happy surfing!

North and South: Unions Divide District (1996)

District State Rank among 50 States % of Workers Covered by Unions
Illinois 8 21.5%
Missouri 21 16.8
Indiana 23 16.1
Kentucky 25 14.1
Tennessee* 34 11.1
Arkansas* 44 8.4
Mississippi* 45 8.1
National Average   16.2

*right-to-work state

SOURCE: Bureau of National Affairs, based on data from the 1997 Current Population Survey

New Year Brings New Format for Monetary Trends

Monetary Trends, a St. Louis Fed publication that reports monthly data on the money supply, interest rates and commercial bank loans and investments, now boasts an expanded format. The revamped publication features both a broader selection of data and additional charts, making the information easier to comprehend and interpret.

The changes to Monetary Trends are similar to those made last year to its sister publication, National Economic Trends. For a free subscription to either publication, contact Debbie Dawe of the St. Louis Fed's Public Affairs Department by phone at (314) 444-8809 or by e-mail at

The publications, as well as their underlying data, are also available electronically through the St. Louis Fed's home page, which is at

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