JOLTS job openings, in millions, by month: Feb. 6.08 March 6.63 April 6.84 May 6.66 June 6.66 July 6.64 Source: FactSet ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT The Federal Reserve releases its latest Beige Book Wednesday. The report is a snapshot of business conditions in each of the Fed's 12 regional bank districts. July's Beige Book noted that manufacturers in each of the central bank's districts were seeing higher prices and supply disruptions due to ongoing trade disputes between the U.S., China and other trading partners.
PRICE WATCH Economists predict that a gauge of U.S. consumer prices edged higher last month. The Labor Department's consumer price index, due out Thursday, is projected to show a gain of 0.3 percent in August from the previous month. The index ticked up 0.2 percent in July, but consumer prices climbed 2.9 percent versus July 2017, suggesting Americans are earning less than a year ago despite an otherwise solid economy.
Consumer price index, monthly percent change, seasonally adjusted, by month: March -0.1 April 0.2 May 0.2 June 0.1 July 0.2 Aug. (est.) 0.3 Source: FactSet