Index Shows Midwest Economic Growth Below Average in June
Today, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago released June 2016 figures for its Midwest Economy Index (MEI). The MEI is a weighted average of 129 indicators designed to measure non-farm business activity in the Midwest (IL, IN, MI, WI, IA). The MEI captures both national and regional factors driving Midwest growth and the relative MEI provides a picture of Midwest growth conditions relative to those of the nation.
The overall MEI moved down to -0.04 in June from +0.11 in May. The relative MEI declined slightly to +0.37 in June from +0.44 in May. A negative MEI and a positive relative MEI index value indicate that the Midwest economy grew at a slower rate in June than would typically be suggested by its historic growth rate and at a rate faster than the growth rate of the national economy, respectively.
By state, Michigan and Wisconsin made positive overall contributions to the MEI, while Indiana and Iowa made negative contributions and Illinois’s contribution was neutral. By sector, overall contributions were positive in consumer spending (+0.05) and negative in manufacturing (-0.02), construction (-0.03) and services (-0.04).
The following chart illustrates five-year trend lines for the MEI and Relative MEI indexes.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Please refer to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank press release for more information.
Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago is the public-private partnership leading the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs in order to drive business development, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy.
WBC’s “Economic Briefs” track indicators from month to month to gauge the strength of several aspects of Chicago’s economy, including unemployment, population, venture capital, job openings and new hires, home sales, tourism, etc. This data provides a clear analytic framework for specific Plan strategies and initiatives. For a summary of these and other economic indicators, refer to WBC’s monthly Chicago By The Numbers.
Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot & World Business Chicago Announce the Inaugural Chicago Venture Summit Future-of-Food
More than 600 founders, Fortune 500 leaders, and investors are attending Chicago’s flagship food innovation conference hosted by World Business Chicago. CHICAGO, May 26, 2022 – Chicago Mayor Lori
The Rattan L. Khosa SeedCon is Chicago Booth’s flagship entrepreneurship and venture capital conference. As the world seemed to stand still amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, investors, entrepreneurs, an
World Business Chicago Partners with Global Fintech Leader tastytrade for ThinkChicago Fintech Summit
“Innovation is the many years of study and analysis, which then finds itself in the path of an emerging opportunity” -Linwood Ma, tastytrade CTO World Business Chicago was proud to…
CBO Collective Announces $1 Million Grant from Google.org to Provide Job Placement and Support to Jobseekers from Under-Resourced Chicago Communities
CHICAGO — The Community Based Organization Collective today announced a $1 million grant from Google.org to help place hundreds of jobseekers on Chicago’s South and West sides into in-demand caree