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High-Frequency Indicators

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High-Frequency Indicators

High-Frequency Indicators

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TOPSHOT - Cinema-goers in their cars attend the screening of the US musical romantic comedy film "Grease" during the reopening of the Autocine Madrid Race drive-in cinema, on May 27, 2020 in Madrid.(Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Right now, with COVID-19 still claiming lives and the coronavirus pandemic still keeping many businesses closed, it's hard to keep track of the economy. Traditional indicators like GDP or jobs numbers aren't much help, because they don't come out that often. And there are big changes in the economy happening every day.

To keep up, we've been following some indicators that are released every week or, in some cases, every single day. On todays show we bring you five high-frequency indicators. All five are indicators of how people are actually behaving—how much they're traveling, eating out, going to work—in their daily lives. And we tell you what these indicators suggest about the prospects for the U.S. economy.

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