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Economic Indicators: Historical Time Series

Guide to resources about economic indicators.

Historical Data


Many current sources are also historical sources due to their length of time in publication. For example, the Monthly Labor Review is an excellent historical source, and the URI Library has this in print going all the way back to 1918 (see links below).

So... please visit the Current Data page in this guide for more historical sources!

Federal Reserve Economic Data

What is the difference between FRED® and ALFRED®?

FRED® contains the most accurate information about the past that is available today, while ALFRED® contains information that was known on some past date in history.

Economic Report of the President - Online

"The Economic Report of the President is an annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. It overviews the nation's economic progress using text and extensive data appendices. The Economic Report of the President is transmitted to Congress no later than ten days after the submission of the Budget of the United States Government. Supplementary reports can be issued to the Congress which contain additional and/or revised recommendations."

For the print version, please refer to the "In Print" box on this page.

In Print

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