Decision Analyst’s Economic Index U.S. Census Divisions August 2017
Arlington, Texas—The Economic Indices for the U.S. Census Divisions have all stayed the same in the past 12 months. The West North Central and the East North Central Census Divisions have the highest scores of all the Census Divisions, each with an Index score of 117 for August 2017, and the East North Central had the largest increase over the past 12 months, increasing 8 points. The East South Central had the lowest Index score, 107 for August 2017.
United States Economic Index
The Decision Analyst U.S. Economic Index stood at 114 in August 2017, a 1 point decrease from July 2017, but a 4-point increase from its August 2016 level. The past-12-month slope of the Economic Index is trending upwards, indicating that the U.S. economy is likely to expand throughout 2017 and the first half of 2018. 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 is up 4 points over the past 12 months, an indication of moderate economic expansion and an indicator of continued GDP growth throughout 2017 and into 2018,” said Jerry W. Thomas, President/CEO of Decision Analyst. “The greatest risks to the overall U.S. economy during the next 6 to 12 months are political risks and financial system risks related to ultra low interest rates and quantitative easing. International trade disruptions are also a major risk factor. The falling dollar, on the other hand, is boosting exports and serving as an economic stimulus, and low energy costs are a continuing stimulus. The European economy is doing well, and Japan is finally showing some positive numbers. Right now the positive forces seem to be prevailing, but the risks to the U.S. economy are significant,” 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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