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      About the Economic Time Series Page and the Economic Chart Dispenser

This page is meant to be a comprehensive site of free, easily available economic time series data useful for economic research, in particular economic forecasting. This site (set of web pages) was started in 1996 to help students in an Applied Forecasting class. The idea was to give students easy access to large amounts of data, and to be able to quickly get charts of that data. This is also useful during class, so that when we use the computer and overhead projector facility in class, we can quickly retrieve series and do manipulations in class.

At this time, there are more than 100,000 time series for which data and custom charts can be retrieved. Though the greatest utility of this site is the vast number of economic time series, and the easily modified charts of that same data, an overlooked facility of great utility is the availability of Excel files for all series.

The majority of the data is USA data. The core data sets involve US macroeconomic data (that is, for the whole US), but the bulk of the data is employment data by local area -- state, county, MSA, and many cities and towns.

      Commonly Used Abbreviations and Terms in Economic Time Series
SASeasonally Adjusted
NSANot Seasonally Adjusted
SAARSeasonally Adjusted at Annual Rates
ARMonthly or quarterly data converted to Annual Rates. This is only meaningful to flow measures, which is different from stock measures.
RealInflation has been taken out of the series. The series is divided by the appropriate price index
92 DollarsOriginal data has been made real based on 1992 dollars. In other words the price index used has a base of 1992
CPIConsumer Price Index
PPIProducer Price Index
PCEPersonal Consumption Expenditure
MSAMetropolitan Statistical Area
CMSAConsolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area
PMSAPrimary Metropolitan Statistical Area
f.a.s.Free Alongside Ship
Stock/FlowExamples of stock measure are inventory, population, and money stock (supply); while examples of flow measure are income, sales, gross domestic product.

Mb/dThousands of barrels per day
tcnts/gTenths of cents per gallon

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