Regional Business Survey Reports - December 2013


Region Economy Main Index Comments

Austin Expanding 50.1 Employment and supplier deliveries up. Employment grew by 8.1 percentage points.

Boston Contracting 45.9 Overall PMI up; Employment, Supplier Deliveries, Business Confidence and Backorders down.

Buffalo Contracting 48.4 The local seasonally adjusted PMI Index showed a marked drop in December, falling below the 50.0 mark for the first time since February.

Chicago Expanding 59.1 Businesses continued to report firm growth in Production and New Orders.

Cincinnati Expanding 52.9*** Expansion driven primarily by New Orders, Production, and Employment.

Denver     No overall PMI number in December due to insufficient responses.

Denver (Non-mfg.) Contracting 49.5 Prices decreased in the MRO Items and Services sectors while showing no change in the Raw Materials, Components, and Computers sectors.

Houston Expanding 55.0** Continued growth for Houston at a slower pace.

Mid-American States Expanding 53.2 The Mid-America survey is pointing to slow growth with little inflationary pressure for the first quarter of 2014.

New York City Expanding 63.8 The fourth month in six above the 60.0 mark.

Northeast Ohio Expanding 11.63* The barometer index of 11.63 indicates that economic activity is expanding.

Southeast Michigan Expanding 50.6 In December, the ISM-SEM PMI overall index dropped from 58.3 to 50.6

Western Washington Expanding 66.5 Mixed results for December but the total Index was at 66.5, up 2.7 from November.


* These regional business survey reports use 0 (zero) as their breakeven point when referring to their main business conditions index. The national report and the other regional reports listed use 50 percent as their breakeven point.

** This index is a weighted average of the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.

*** This index is a weighted average of the non-manufacturing sector.