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Regional Economic Conditions (RECON)

The FDIC maintains a dynamic site that allows an individual to research specific regional economic information. RECON provides data for a variety of geographic areas including the U.S., state level, metropolitan area, and county level. The type of information ranges from income, to housing permits, to mortgage delinquencies, to unemployment. A chart outlining coverage can be found under the link “What’s available”.

The site includes over 40,000 charts, tables and maps. There are two ways to search. The first is to select the state of interest. The researcher then can drill down to select the geographic area and view all the data available. I would recommend this method if you want to browse prior to selecting your data. Chosen information is placed in a “shopping cart” (but it is free) so that it can be accessed when searching is complete. This search method also includes a snapshot of the state’s financial profile for the previous quarter.

The second way to search is via “Quick Search.” This is a more direct method since a series of dropdown menus are available. The charts or maps are displayed instantly.

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