Regional Business Survey Reports - April 2012


Region Economy Main Index Comments
Austin Expanding 53.4 Local PMI decreases 5 percentage points, but the index is still growing.
Boston Contracting 39.4 PMI plummets further into contraction mode.
Buffalo     This month's regional report was not available at the time of posting. Up-to-date regional reports may later become available at the affiliate website.
Chicago Expanding 56.2 Business Barometer falls to a 29-month low, but the index is still expanding.
Cincinnati Expanding 56.6 Expansion continues, but at a slower rate of growth than last month.
Denver (Mfg.) Expanding 70.3 Manufacturing index increases 15.2 percentage points from March's reading.
Denver (Non-mfg.) Expanding 68.3 Non-Manufacturing economy continues to reflect strength.
Houston Expanding 59.1 Local PMI holds steady.
Mid-American States Expanding 60.0 Expansion continues at a faster rate than in March.
Milwaukee Expanding 52.9 PMI continues to expand.
New York City Expanding 61.2 New York City business activity slows from March, but the index is still strong.
Northeast Ohio* Expanding 41.63 The Forecast Index of 45 indicates that manufacturing activity should increase next month.
Southeast Michigan Expanding 62.6 Expansion slows from March, but the PMI still reflects a strong local economy.
Western Washington Expanding 61.1 Pacific Northwest economic activity continues to reflect a strong local economy.

* Barometer readings above "0" indicate that the manufacturing sector of the economy is generally expanding.