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As It Happened: Economic Data and Publications as Snapshots in Time Robert Rasche Katrina Stierholz Robert Suriano Julie Knoll  First colu mn  Last colu mn  First observation  11-Jan-66  24-Sep-04  Jan-48  Exports of Goods and Services Constant  Jan-66  24-Sep-04  Mar-47  Exports of Goods and Services Current  Jan-66  1-May-04  Mar-46  Government Purchases of Goods and Services, Constant  Jan-66  1-Mar-04  Mar-47  Government Purchases of Goods and Services, Current  Jan-66  1-Mar-04  Mar-46  Gross Domestic Product, Constant Prices  Jan-66  1-Mar-04  Mar-47  Gross Domestic Product, Current Prices  Jan-66  1-Mar-04  Mar-46  Gross Private Domestic Investment, Constant  Jan-66  1-May-04  Mar-47  Gross Private Domestic Investment, Current  Jan-66  1-May-04  Mar-46  Imports of Goods and Services, Constant  Jan-66  1-Jun-04  Mar-47  Imports of Goods and Services, Current  Jan-66  1-Jun-04  Mar-46  Industrial Production  May-27  1-Jan-04  Jan-19  Output per Man Hour, Business Sector  Jun-68  1-Jun-04  Mar-47  Output per Man Hour, Nonfarm Business Sector  Jun-68  1-Jun-04  Mar-47  17-Jan-66  24-Sep-04  Jan-39  PCE, Constant  Jan-66  1-Aug-99  Mar-47  PCE, Current  Jan-66  1-Aug-99  Mar-46  19-Jan-66  1-May-04  Jan-46  Monthly Personal Income, Real  Nov-76  Sep-04  Jan-48  Monthly Disposable Personal Income, Constant  Jan-79  Sep-04  Jan-48  Monthly Disposable Personal Income  Jan-79  Sep-04  Jan-48  17-Jan-66  1-Aug-99  Jan-47  Unit Labor Costs, Private Business Sector  Jun-68  2-Jul-04  Mar-47  Real Manufacturing and Trade Sales  Nov-76  Sep-04  Jan-48  Series Name Civilian Employment  Payroll Employment  Monthly Personal Income, Nominal  Retail Sales, Nominal  Federal Reserve System Board of Governors  Federal Reserve Banks     12 different banks  Why St. Louis? 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