Michigan Economy at Two Year High in September


DETROIT, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index rose two points in September to a level of 89, the highest Index reading since June 2008. September’s reading is up 14 points from the year-ago level, and up 18 points, or 25 percent, from the Index cyclical low. September marks the seventh month of consecutive double digit year-on-year increases in the Index. Year-to-date the Index has averaged 11 points, or 15 percent, above the Index average for all of 2009.

“Over the three months through September, our Index showed a renewed uptrend after having stalled from February through June,” said Dana Johnson, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. “My sense is that Michigan’s economy was reaccelerating along with the national economy as the summer drew to a close. Looking ahead, the Michigan economy should continue to make modest gains over the last quarter of 2010, against a background of sluggish but sustained national growth.”

The Michigan Economic Activity Index equally weights nine, seasonally-adjusted coincident indicators of real economic activity. These indicators reflect activity in the construction, manufacturing and service sectors as well as job growth and consumer outlays. A complete Index history is available upon request.

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SOURCE: Comerica Bank

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