Index Shows Midwest Economic Growth Decreased Slightly in September
Today, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago released September 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 declined slightly to -0.10 in September from -0.08 in August. The relative MEI improved to +0.17 in September from +0.13 in August. A negative MEI and a positive relative MEI index value indicate that the Midwest economy grew at a slower rate in September 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, Indiana and Illinois made positive overall contributions to the MEI, while Wisconsin and Iowa made negative contributions. By sector, overall contributions were positive in services (+0.01) and negative in consumer spending (-0.00), manufacturing (-0.03) and construction (-0.08).
The following chart illustrates five-year trend lines for the MEI and Relative MEI indexes.
The following chart illustrates contributions to the MEI by sector for Illinois and the Midwest as a whole.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Please refer to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank press release for more information.
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