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KEY EVENT: Out like a lion. The last full week of spring sees a busy schedule of events, including a local jobs update, a Federal Reserve meeting and a look at consumer prices.

MONDAY: The New York Small Business Development Center offers free business advice at a seminar at Smithtown Library. Call 631-360-2480 ext. 235 for an appointment.

TUESDAY: May producer prices from the U.S. Labor Department.

WEDNESDAY: The Federal Reserve ends a two-day meeting at which many economists expect the central bank to raise interest rates. After the meeting, Fed chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference. Also, the U.S. Labor Department releases its monthly inflation gauge, consumer prices for May. The report includes a breakout on consumer prices in 31 Northeast counties, including Long Island. And the Commerce Department posts May retail sales.

THURSDAY: The New York State Labor Department releases Long Island jobs added in May. Also, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York posts the June Empire State index, a reading on manufacturing activity in the state. And jobless benefits claims for the week ended June 10 from the U.S. Labor Department.

FRIDAY: May housing starts from the Commerce Department and June consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan.

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