The Bureau of Labor Statistics is fully operational, as it is part of the Labor Department (which was funded back in September). That means the inflation report for December, scheduled to be released Jan. 11, is on track, a spokesman told us. That also goes for the releases of detailed jobs and unemployment data for December (the national-level data came out Jan. 4, and data for states and metro areas typically follow a few weeks later). But plans for the January jobs report, data for which are supposed to be gathered next week, are still uncertain: The BLS conducts the payroll survey of employers itself, but the Current Population Survey (which generates the data used to calculate the unemployment rate) is a joint effort with the Census Bureau.
The Federal Reserve, which doesn’t rely on Congress for funding, issued its monthly report on consumer credit on Jan. 8, and is scheduled to release its monthly report on industrial production and capacity utilization on Jan. 18.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which funds itself through assessments on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks, has continued its closely watched monthly reports on house prices and mortgage rates.