Midwest economic growth slowed in June

Wisconsin remains top contributor to Chicago Fed region growth

Economic indicators

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

Economic growth in the five state region covered by the Chicago Federal Reserve slowed in June, but compared to the country as a whole the growth was stronger, according to the Chicago Fed’s latest Midwest Economy Index.

Economic indicators

The index registered at 0.42 for the region as a whole, down from 0.51 in May. A reading of zero indicates growth at historical averages. As in the previous month, June’s growth was driven primarily by the manufacturing and consumer sectors.

The relative MEI, which measures the region’s growth against the country as a whole, improved from 0.09 in May to 0.24 in June with improvement in the manufacturing sector leading the way.

Wisconsin continued to be the top contributor to the region’s MEI, despite a decline from 0.22 in May to 0.15 in June suggesting a slowdown in the state’s economic growth. The decline was seen in all four sectors included in the index but was led by a drop from 0.03 to zero in services.

Michigan and Illinois were the other top performers on the June index, both with readings of 0.12. Iowa registered a 0.03 and Indiana was at -0.01.

On the relative MEI, Illinois passed Wisconsin for the top spot, registering a reading of 0.15. Wisconsin was second at 0.13, down from 0.15 in May. Michigan was third at 0.08, followed by Iowa at -0.04 and Indiana at -0.08.

Wisconsin’s relative MEI saw an improvement in the manufacturing sector from 0.09 to 0.12, but that was not enough to overcome declines in service, construction and consumer sectors.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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