Subject: Economics    / General Economics
Research the current value of the following economic indicators:

Nonfarm payroll employment
Industrial production/capacity utilization
Advance report on durable goods shipments, new orders, and unfilled orders
Housing starts
Retail sales
S&P 500 Stock Index
Based on your research, write a paper of 500-750 words that addresses the following:

Analyze the current macroeconomic situation.
Discuss expectations of changes in economic, financial, and international conditions in the near future.
Identify any economic issues of special concern.
Recommend whether the FOMC should raise, lower, or keep short-term interest rates the same.
The economic data required for this assignment can be found on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York website (

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