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Note: These series below comprise the old BCI data set which was published in the Survey of Current Business. These same series are now published by the Conference Board in a periodical named Business Cycle Indicators. Since that time, several series have been revised. Yet, many others are available in other places at this site.

Average weekly hours, mfg. (hours)
  • Updated series
    Average weekly initial claims, unemploy. insurance (thous.)
    Mfrs' new orders, durable goods industries (bil. chain 1992 $)
    Mfrs' new orders, consumer goods and materials (mil. chain 1992 $)
    Mfrs' new orders, consumer goods and materials (bil. $)
    Construction contracts (mil. sq. ft.) COPYRIGHT (McGraw-Hill)
    Number of new business incorporations (number) COPYRIGHT (D & B)
    Corporate profits after tax (AR, bil. $)
  • Updated series
    Corporate profits after tax (AR, bil. 1992 $)
    Index of stock prices, 500 common stocks, NSA (1941-43=10)
  • Updated series (different base)
    Contracts and orders for plant and equipment (bil. chain 1992 $)
    Contracts and orders for plant and equipment (bil. $)
    Average weekly overtime hours, mfg. (hours)
    Ratio, corporate domestic profits after tax to income (pct.)
    burlap, NSA ($ per yd.)
    lead scrap ($ per lb.)
    print cloth, NSA ($ per yd.)
    rubber ($ per lb.)
    rosin ($ per 100 lb.)
    tallow ($ per lb.)
    tin, NSA ($ per lb.)
    Spot prices, raw materials, NSA (1967=100) COPYRIGHTED (CRB)
    wool tops, NSA ($ per lb.)
    zinc, NSA ($ per lb.)
    Ratio, price to unit labor cost, nonfarm bus. (1992=100)
    Mfrs' new orders, nondefense capital goods (mil. chain 1992 $)
    Mfrs' new orders, nondefense capital goods (bil. $)
  • Similar updated series: Manufacturers New Orders; Nondefence Excluding Aircraft and Parts SA, Millions of Dollars
    New private housing units started (AR, thous.)
  • Updated series
    Building permits for new private housing units (thous.)
  • Updated series
    Change in business inventories (AR, chain bil. 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Change in manufacturing and trade inventories (AR, bil. $)
    Vendor performance, slower deliveries diffusion index (pct.)
    Corporate net cash flow (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
    Number of persons unemployed (thous.)
  • Updated series
    Nonag. employees, goods-producing industries (thous.)
    Employees on nonagricultural payrolls (thous.)
    Persons engaged in nonagricultural activities (thous.)
  • Updated series
    Civilian unemployment rate (pct.)
  • Updated series
    Unemployment rate, 15 weeks and over (pct.)
  • Updated series
    Average weekly insured unemployment rate (pct.)
    Index of help-wanted advertising in newspapers (1987=100)
  • Updated series
    Index of industrial production (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Employee hours in nonag. establishments (AR, bil. hours)
  • Similar updated series
    Value of domestic goods output (AR, bil. Chain 1992 $)
    Gross national product (AR, bil. Chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Personal income less transfer payments (AR, Chain 1992 $)
    Personal income (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series (not in real terms)
    Wages & salaries in mining, mfg., constr. (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
    Gross domestic product (AR, bil. Chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Quarterly change in GDP in Chain 1992 $ (AR, pct.)
    Manufacturing and trade sales (mil. Chain 1992 $)
    Consumer sentiment, NSA (1966:I=100) COPYRIGHTED (U of Mich)
  • Updated series
    Sales of retail stores (mil. Chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Ratio, help-wanted advertising to number unemployed (ratio)
    Index of labor cost per unit of output, mfg. (1987=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in labor cost per unit output, mfg. (6-m pct. AR)
    Change in labor cost per unit of output, mfg., 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Unit labor cost, all persons, business sector (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Mfrs' mach. & equip. sales + bus. constr. exp. (AR, bil. $)
    Manufacturing and trade inventories (bil. chain 1992 $)
    Industrial production, durable manufactures (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Industrial production, nondurable manufactures (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Industrial production, consumer goods (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Industrial production, business equipment (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Ratio, mfg. and trade inventories to sales (chain 1992 $)
    Corp. domestic profits with IVA & CCAdj to income (pct.)
    Capacity utilization rate, manufacturing (pct.)
  • Updated series
    Consumer expectations, NSA (1966:I=100) COPYRIGHTED (U Mich)
    Nonresidential fixed investment (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Nonres. fixed investment, structures (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Nonres. fixed invest., prod. dur. equip. (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Residential fixed investment (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Ratio, civilian employment to working-age population (pct.)
  • Similar updated series
    Average duration of unemployment in weeks (weeks)
    Change in mfrs' unfilled orders, durables (bil. chain 1992 $)
    Mfrs' unfilled orders, durable goods indus. (bil. chain 1992 $)
    Change in mfrs' unfilled orders (6-m pct., chain 1992 $)
    Free reserves, NSA (mil. $)
    Member bank borrowings from Federal Reserve, NSA (mil. $)
  • Similar updated series
    Ratio, consumer installment credit to personal income (pct.)
    Non-borrowed reserves (mil. $)
    aluminum base scrap (1982=100)
    cattle hides (1982=100)
    copper base scrap (1982=100)
    domestic apparel wool (1982=100)
    iron and steel scrap (1982=100)
    lumber and wood products (1982=100)
    nonferrous scrap, NSA (1982=100)
    raw cotton (1982=100)
    Index of sensitive materials prices (level, 1992=100)
    Change in sensitive materials prices 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Change in sensitive materials prices, 6-month span (pct.)
    Commercial and industrial loans outstanding (mil. chain 1992 $)
    Money supply, M2 (bil. chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Average prime rate charged by banks, NSA (pct.)
  • Updated series
    Consumer Price Index for services (1982-84=100)
    Change in CPI for services (6-m pct. AR)
    Change in CPI for services 1-mo. span (AR pct.)
    Index of consumer confidence (1985=100) COPYRIGHTED (The Conf Bd)
    Index of consumer expectations (1985=100) COPYRIGHTED (The Conf Bd)
    Capacity utilization rate, total industry (pct.)
  • Updated series
    Interest rate spread, 10-year Treasury bonds less federal funds
    Monetary base (mil. $)
  • Updated series
    Money supply M1 (bil. $)
  • Updated series
    Personal income (AR, bil.)
  • Updated series
    Personal Consumption Expenditures (AR, bil.)
  • Updated series
    Personal Consumption Expenditures (AR, bil. chain 1992 $)
  • Updated series
    Gross saving (AR, bil. $)
  • Updated series
    Personal saving (AR, bil. $)
  • Updated series
    Personal saving rate (pct.)
    Updated series
    Business saving (AR, bil. $)
    Government surplus or deficit (AR, bil. $)
    Updated series
    chain weighted price index, gross dom. bus. product (1992=100)
    Change in chain weighted price index, GDBP (AR, pct.)
    Change in CPI-U, all items, 1-month span (pct.)
    Change in CPI-U, all items, 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    CPI for all urban consumers, all items, NSA (1982-84=100)
  • Updated series
    CPI-U, all items less food and energy (1982-84=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in CPI-U, less food & energy, 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Change in CPI-U, less food & energy, 6-mo. span (AR, pct.)
    Producer Price Index, crude materials (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, crude materials, 1-month span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, crude materials, 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    Producer Price Index, intermediate materials (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, intermediate materials, 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, intermed. materials, 6-mo. span (AR, pct.)
    Producer Price Index, capital equipment (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, capital equipment, 1-month span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, capital equipment, 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    Producer Price Index, finished consumer goods (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, finished consumer goods, 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, finished cons. goods, 6-mo. span (AR, pct.)
    Producer Price Index, finished goods (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, finished goods, 1-month span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, finished goods, 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    PPI, finished goods less foods and energy (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, less foods & energy, 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, less foods & energy, 6-mo. span (AR, pct.)
    Producer Price Index, crude nonfood less energy (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, crude nonfood less energy, 1-month span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, crude nonfood less energy, 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    Producer Price Index, petroleum products (1982=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in PPI, petroleum products, 1-month span (pct.)
    Change in PPI, petroleum products, 6-month span (AR. pct.)
    Average hourly compensation, nonfarm bus. sector (1992=100)
    Change in avg. hourly compensation (AR, pct.)
    Real avg. hourly compensation, nonfarm business (1992=100)
    Change in real avg. hourly compensation (AR, pct.)
    Output per hour, nonfarm business sector (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Output per hour, business sector (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Change in output per hour, 1-Q span (AR, pct.)
    Change in output per hour, 4-Q span (AR, pct.)
    Civilian labor force (thous.)
    Civilian employment (thous.)
    Labor force participation rate, males 20 and over (pct.)
    Labor force participation rate, females 20 and over (pct.)
    Labor force participation rate, 16-19 years of age (pct.)
    Composite index of 11 leading indicators (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Leading index, change over 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    Leading index, change from previous month (pct.)
    Composite index of 4 coincident indicators (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Coincident index, change over 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    Coincident index, change from previous month (pct.)
    Composite index of 7 lagging indicators (1992=100)
  • Updated series
    Lagging index, change over 6-month span (AR, pct.)
    Lagging index, change from previous month (pct.)
    Ratio, coincident index to lagging index (1992=100)
    Diffusion index of leading indicators, 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Diffusion index of leading indicators, 6-mo. span (pct.)
    Diffusion index of coincident indicators, 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Diffusion index of coincident indicators, 6-mo. span (pct.)
    Diffusion index of lagging indicators, 1-mo. span (pct.)
    Diffusion index of lagging indicators, 6-mo. span (pct.)
    Private nonag. employment, 1-mo. diffusion index (pct.)
    Private nonag. employment, 6-mo. diffusion index (pct.)
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