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The Federal has recently published its highly-anticipated Beige Book, providing the key takeaways found below.

  • Economic activity expanded moderately in late April and early May with few shifts in the pattern of growth.  
  •  Manufacturing shifted into higher gear with more than half of the Districts reporting a pickup in industrial activity and a third of the Districts classifying  activity as “strong.”  
  • Employment rose at a modest to moderate rate across most Districts.
  • Labor market conditions remained tight across the country, and contacts continued to report difficulty filling positions across skill levels.  
  • Many firms responded to talent shortages by increasing wages as well as the generosity of their compensation packages.
  • Prices rose moderately in most Districts, while the remainder reported slight or modest increases.  
  •  A few Districts noted that these reports of rising materials costs were becoming more common across contacts.
  • Input cost increases, along with labor shortages in some sectors and strengthening demand, put upward pressure on prices in the transportation, construction, and manufacturing sectors.