Tools

These Federal Reserve online tools provide insights into challenges communities face today.

Unemployment Claims Monitor

Posted May 18,2020

The Atlanta Fed’s tool displays national and state data on unemployment claims. It provides a view of initial and continued claims, demographic information on claimants, and claimants’ industries. The tool also has information on special unemployment programs for furloughed workers, veterans, and federal workers, among others. It is updated weekly with U.S. Department of Labor data.

Southeastern Rental Affordability Tracker

Posted November 14, 2018

The Atlanta Fed’s tool displays the state of rental affordability in the Southeast using 2015 American Community Survey data. The tool demonstrates the abundance of renter households that are cost-burdened or severely cost-burdened—paying more than 30 percent or 50 percent, respectively, of their income on housing—and shows the pressing need for additional affordable rental units throughout the Southeast. You can visualize data and create profiles at the state, region, and city level.

Community Investment Explorer

Posted March 2, 2018

The St. Louis Fed’s Community Investment Explorer (CIE) is an interactive tool that aggregates more than 500,000 transactions from the three programs that drive investment into underserved communities—the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Community Development Financial Institutions, and New Markets Tax Credit programs, which support a range of activities from affordable housing to commercial real estate development, consumer and business lending, and more.

Opportunity Occupations Monitor

Posted December 22, 2017

The Atlanta Fed’s interactive data tool identifies well-paying jobs across various educational requirement levels in states and metro areas. The monitor separates occupations into labor market groups based on entry-level educational requirements by employers. It also provides geographic-specific information on occupations, including total employment, median salary, and percent of monthly income needed for median regional housing costs.

Home Mortgage Explorer

Posted May 18, 2017

The Home Mortgage Explorer draws from publicly available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data and enables users to explore trends in mortgage lending between 2010 and 2015 for the U.S. as a whole, states, and metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Trends can be examined by loan purpose (e.g., home purchase vs. refinance) and loan type (e.g., conventional vs. Federal Housing Administration), and all measures are provided by applicant and neighborhood income.

Center for Indian Country Development

Posted August 17, 2015

Through its Center for Indian Country Development, the Minneapolis Fed works to help self-governing communities of American Indians in the United States attain their economic development goals. The Center promotes partnerships, research, and coordination around four focus areas that are essential for building vibrant economies: governance, infrastructure, finance, and resources. Tools include Reservation profiles and a Native American financial institution map.

Community Credit: A New Perspective on America’s Communities

Posted May 7, 2015

Interested in knowing what credit conditions are like in your community and elsewhere? The New York Fed’s Community Credit interactive maps highlight credit conditions in communities across the United States. The maps provide measures of credit inclusion and credit stress for the US., as well as for states and counties, from 2005 to 2014. Indicators include the percentage of quality borrowers and the percentage of residents who have access to some type of formal credit.

Plan. Prepare. Prevail. A Disaster Financial Readiness & Recovery Blueprint

Posted August 6, 2014

The Kansas City Fed provides financial forms, checklists and other resources to help consumers and small business owners prepare before and recover after disaster strikes. These resources were developed from a series of focus groups and meetings held in the tenth district.

Federal Reserve Human Capital Compendium

Posted May 23, 2014

The Atlanta Fed’s repository provides access to research published since 2008 by the Board of Governors and all 12 Federal Reserve Banks on topics related to employment, unemployment and workforce development. The aim is to make this resource a vital tool for researchers, students, and all those interested in the economics of labor markets and workforce development.

Center for Human Capital Studies

Posted May 23, 2014

As part of the U.S. central bank—which has a dual mandate to promote price stability and maximum employment—the Atlanta Fed has a natural interest in deepening its understanding of labor force dynamics and workforce development issues. The Center for Human Capital Studies supports those efforts through its research, as well as by offering such resources as conferences, seminars, and labor market tracking tools.

A Banker’s Quick Reference Guide to CRA

Posted May 12, 2014

The Dallas Fed provides a quick reference guide to the Community Reinvestment Act regulation and examination procedures.

New England City Data Tool

Posted April 30, 2014

The Boston Fed has created a powerful, time-saving, easy-to-use tool for people interested in the New England region. The tool uses census data to compare the demographic characteristics of lower-income and higher-income areas within a city. It also provides aggregate information for New England states and for the region as a whole.

Putting Your Paycheck to Work

Posted April 25, 2014

The Kansas City Fed provides fact sheets for employees to understand and make the most of their paychecks. The additional resources for employers can be used to reinforce the information provided in the fact sheets.

Chicago Fed Income Based Economic Index (IBEX)

Posted April 21, 2014

The Chicago Fed’s IBEX is a series of economic statistics that measure the economic experience of particular income and demographic groups. The IBEX groups include the elderly and the working poor, as well as groupings by education, income quartile and race.  The “IBEX 12 Month Inflation Rates” provide a monthly chain-weighted inflation measure for more than 30 socio-economic and demographic groups and overall urban population; the “IBEX Consumer Sentiment (IBEX-CS)” provides a monthly and quarterly index of consumer sentiment for 46 groups and the overall urban population.

Resources for Businesses and Growth in Detroit

Posted April 21, 2014

This web page provides links to policy studies; banking and credit data; outreach and presentations and can be used to leverage resources for businesses in the Detroit region and support strategies to attract investment to the city. Created by the Chicago Fed’s Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) Division.

Chicago Fed’s Foreclosure Maps

Posted April 21, 2014

The Chicago Fed’s Community Development and Policy Studies Department (CDPS) has developed a series of maps to identify areas in the Seventh Federal Reserve District facing the highest rates of foreclosure and mortgage delinquency. The maps show county-level data as of October 2013 for each of the five states in the District (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin) as well as zipcode-level data for the largest county in each state.