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Monday, November 21, 2011

Chicago Fed: Economic activity up slightly in October

by Calculated Risk on 11/21/2011 08:30:00 AM

This is a composite index from the Chicago Fed: Index shows economic activity up slightly in October

Led by improvements in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index edged up to –0.13 in October from –0.20 in September. Two of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index improved from September, and only the consumption and housing category remained negative in October.
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The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, decreased to –0.27 in October from –0.16 in September. October’s CFNAI-MA3 suggests that growth in national economic activity was below its historical trend. Likewise, the economic slack reflected in this level of the CFNAI-MA3 suggests subdued inflationary pressure from economic activity over the coming year.
This graph shows the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (three month moving average) since 1967.

Chicago Fed National Activity Index Click on graph for larger image.

According to the Chicago Fed:
A zero value for the index indicates that the national economy is expanding at its historical trend rate of growth; negative values indicate below-average growth; and positive values indicate above-average growth.
This index suggests the economy was growing in October, but below trend.

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