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Regional Business Survey Reports - September 2012


Region Economy Main Index Comments
Austin Expanding 59.7 Local PMI decreases 6.3 percentage points, but the index is still expanding.
Boston Contracting 33.1 PMI drops further into contraction territory.
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 Contracting 49.7 Business Barometer falls to its lowest level in three years, as the index moves into contraction mode.
Cincinnati Expanding 58.5 Local PMI continues its upward climb, reflecting a strong local economy.
Denver (Mfg.) Contracting 48.7 Manufacturing index drops 8 percentage points into contraction territory.
Denver (Non-mfg.) Expanding 63.9 Non-Manufacturing index continues to reflect a strong local economy.
Houston Expanding 59.4 Local PMI continues to remain strong, registering above 50 percent for the last 35 consecutive months.
Mid-American States Expanding 50.4 PMI expands after two consecutive months of contraction.
Milwaukee Contracting 47.2 PMI improves slightly, but the index is still contracting.
New York City Expanding 52.9 New York City business activity continues to expand.
Northeast Ohio* Expanding 20.75 The Forecast Index of 36.00 indicates that manufacturing activity should expand.
Southeast Michigan Expanding 50.6 PMI increases 4.9 percentage points, reflecting growth in the index after three months of contraction.
Western Washington Expanding 56.8 Pacific Northwest economic growth picks up, as the index increases 3.3 percentage points from August.

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