Metro Milwaukee economy gains steam

Positive economic indicators rose in October

Economic indicators

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:07 am

The Milwaukee area’s economy gained momentum in October with 16 of 23 economic indicators tracked by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) improved, year-over-year, according to the latest MMAC report.

That was an improvement from September, when 14 of the 23 economic indicators posted gains.

Economic indicators

“The aggregate total of positive indicators reached its highest level in five months,” said Bret Mayborne, economic research director for the MMAC. “Metro Milwaukee’s overall job trend remains rather lackluster, but the pace of manufacturing employment growth has picked up in recent months.”

Nonfarm employment in the area averaged 871,000 in October, up 0.2 percent from a year ago.

Five of 10 major industry sectors posted year-over-year job increases in October. Manufacturing had the strongest increase at 2.2 percent. The financial activities markets had the biggest employment decline, at 3.4 percent.

The number of unemployed in the area fell 8,000 compared to a year ago, a 23.3 percent decline. As a result the unemployment rate for the metro area was 3.2 percent, down from 4.2  percent a year ago.

New car registrations in the area were up 8.3 percent, the first year-over-year increase in six months and only the second this year.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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