The 40 Most Unusual Economic Indicators

beer pub indicator
The Consumer Consumption Of Beer Index is based on the idea that cash-strapped consumers often try to save money by drinking at home, sending pub sales and jobs downward. (Getty Images)


By Matthew Boesler and Eric Platt,

Every day, public and private data-gathering agencies publish economic reports that are widely reported on by the business media.

GDP, manufacturing, and labor market data all help to inform us about what's going on in the economy -- but there are other things we can look at to supplement our view. Some of the more unusual ones we've come across include the Guns-to-Caviar Index, Tylenol usage, and the Mosquito Bite Indicator.

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