Flying Blind: The Huge List of Economic Data Not Issued Due to the Shutdown

via Bloomberg:

The U.S. government produces data—a lot of data, from figures about the economy to steel to crops to commodity trading. And the partial federal shutdown has slowed the flow of data to a trickle, thanks to the closure of various agencies.

That makes things difficult for the many people who depend on such numbers, including corporate executives, Federal Reserve policy makers, farmers and foreign-exchange traders. Already, about a dozen economic releases from the Commerce Department have been delayed, and data on gross domestic product and consumer spending due next week will also be postponed. Reports from the Agriculture and Treasury departments, along with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, have also gone dark.

Here’s a list of the delayed (or soon-to-be-delayed) data releases, and some of the key pain points caused by the missing data.

Data Release Department Scheduled Release Date Status
Steel imports (Nov.) Commerce Dec. 27, 2018 DELAYED
New home sales (Nov.) Commerce/HUD* Dec. 27, 2018 DELAYED
Advance trade/inventories (Nov.) Commerce Dec. 28, 2018 DELAYED
Commitments of traders (weekly) CFTC Dec. 28, 2018 DELAYED
Construction spending (Nov.) Commerce Jan. 3, 2019 DELAYED
Commitments of traders (weekly) CFTC Jan. 4, 2019 DELAYED
Factory orders (Nov.) Commerce Jan. 7, 2019 DELAYED
International trade (Nov.) Commerce Jan. 8, 2019 DELAYED
Wholesale inventories (Nov.) Commerce Jan. 10, 2019 DELAYED
Commitments of traders (weekly) CFTC Jan. 11, 2019 DELAYED
World agricultural supply and demand (Jan.) Agriculture Jan. 11, 2019 DELAYED
Monthly budget (Dec.) Treasury Jan. 11, 2019 DELAYED
Retail sales (Dec.) Commerce Jan. 16, 2019 DELAYED
Business inventories (Nov.) Commerce Jan. 16, 2019 DELAYED
International capital flows (Nov.) Treasury Jan. 16, 2019 DELAYED
Housing starts/permits (Dec.) Commerce/HUD* Jan. 17, 2019 DELAYED
Commitments of traders (weekly) CFTC Jan. 18, 2019 DELAYED
New home sales (Dec.) Commerce/HUD* Jan. 25, 2019 DELAYED
Steel imports (Dec.) Commerce Jan. 25, 2019 DELAYED
Durable goods (Dec.) Commerce Jan. 25, 2019 DELAYED
Commitments of traders (weekly) CFTC Jan. 25, 2019 DELAYED
Advance trade/inventories (Dec.) Commerce Jan. 29, 2019 PENDING
GDP (4Q) Commerce Jan. 30, 2019 PENDING
Personal income and spending (Dec.) Commerce Jan. 31, 2019 PENDING
Construction spending (Dec.) Commerce Feb. 1, 2019 PENDING
Factory orders (Dec.) Commerce Feb. 4, 2019 PENDING
International trade (Dec.) Commerce Feb. 5, 2019 PENDING
Wholesale trade (Dec.) Commerce Feb. 8, 2019 PENDING
World agricultural supply and demand (Feb.) Agriculture Feb. 8, 2019 PENDING

*Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

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