Decision Analyst’s Economic Index U.S. Census Divisions July 2015
Arlington, Texas—The South Atlantic Census Division had an Economic Index score of 111 for July 2015, which is an increase of 7 points over the past-12-months. The East South Central Census Division has the lowest Economic Index score of 101 for July 2015; even with the lowest Index score, the East South Central still increased 3 points in the past-12-months.
United States Economic Index
The Decision Analyst U.S. Economic Index registered 107 in July 2015, the same score as June 2015, but a 4-point increase over the past-12 months. The U.S. Economic Index for July continues to signal economic growth—but slow growth. The Economic Index tends to lead U.S. economic activity by 6 to 12 months. Below is the past-10-year history of the U.S. Economic Index.
“The U.S. Economic Index has been relatively flat over the past 9 months, a signal of slow economic growth in the U.S. for the balance of 2015 and into 2016,” said Jerry W. Thomas, President/CEO of Decision Analyst. The ongoing decline in the price of commodities is hurting some countries and some industries, but it will tend to be a stimulus to the overall world economy in coming months. Economic weakness in China and parts of Europe, however, are negative for the world economy and negative for the U.S. since the U.S. is a major exporter to these regions. The strength of the dollar is also slowing U.S. exports, a negative on the U.S. economy. Without a major focus on economic growth by policy makers, the U.S. (and perhaps the world economy) are trapped in a slow-growth mode for the foreseeable future,” said Thomas.
The division-by-division results are presented in the graphs below. Remember, the Census Division graphs portray 3-month moving averages.
*Census Division Three-Month Moving Average
The Index numbers for the census divisions are three-month moving averages to smooth out fluctuations due to smaller sample sizes. The reported Index number averages the current month with the two previous months.
The Decision Analyst Economic Index is based on a monthly online survey of several thousand households balanced by gender, age, and geography. The scientific survey is conducted in the last 10 days of each month. The Economic Index is calculated from 9 different economic measurements using a sophisticated econometric model. The result is a snapshot of coming economic activity in each country surveyed, as seen through the eyes of representative consumers living in the respective countries.
Decision Analyst conducts its concurrent economic surveys each month in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, the Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Whenever the Decision Analyst Economic Index is greater than 110, it tends to signal an expanding economy. An Index value of 90 to 110 suggests a no-growth or slow-growth economy, and near or below 90 generally indicates economic contraction. These guidelines vary by country, however.
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