Description of Variables in the Department of Finance's Private Sector Survey

Variable Variable Description Units
Real GDP Growth Growth of real gross domestic product at market prices  per cent
Unemployment Rate Unemployment rate, 15 years and over  per cent, average of period
Employment Growth Growth of employment, 15 years and over  per cent
CPI Inflation Growth of Consumer price index, all items  per cent
Core Inflation Growth of All-item CPI excluding eight of the most volatile components and the effect of changes in indirect taxes.  Prior to December 2003, core inflation is defined as growth of All-item CPI excluding food and energy. per cent
GDP Inflation Growth of implicit price index for gross domestic product at market prices per cent
3 Month T-Bill Rate Three month Canadian treasury bill rate per cent, average of period
10-Year Benchmark Government Bond Rate Average yield on 10-year benchmark Canadian government bonds per cent, average of period
Exchange Rate (U.S. cents/C$) Canada-U.S. exchange rate  U.S. cents/C$, average of period
U.S. Real GDP Growth Growth of U.S. real gross domestic product  per cent
U.S. 90-day T-bill Rate 90-day U.S. government treasury bill rate per cent, average of period
U.S. Government Bond Rate
(10 years)
Average market yield on 10-year U.S. government bonds, constant maturity per cent, average of period
U.S. CPI Inflation Growth of U.S. consumer price index, all items per cent
U.S. GDP Inflation Growth of implicit price index for U.S. gross domestic product per cent
Crude Oil Price: WTI  $US/Barrel Price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil at Cushing  $US per barrel, average of period
Natural Gas Price: Henry Hub
$US/ mmbtu
Price of natural gas at Henry Hub $US/MMBtu, average of period