Philly Fed: State Coincident Indexes increased in 34 states in July
From the Philly Fed:
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the coincident indexes for the 50 states for July 2013. In the past month, the indexes increased in 34 states, decreased in nine states, and remained stable in seven, for a one-month diffusion index of 50. Over the past three months, the indexes increased in 38 states, decreased in nine, and remained stable in three, for a three-month diffusion index of 58.
Note: These are coincident indexes constructed from state employment data. An explanation from the Philly Fed:
The coincident indexes combine four state-level indicators to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic. The four state-level variables in each coincident index are nonfarm payroll employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary disbursements deflated by the consumer price index (U.S. city average). The trend for each state’s index is set to the trend of its gross domestic product (GDP), so long-term growth in the state’s index matches long-term growth in its GDP.
This is a graph is of the number of states with one month increasing activity according to the Philly Fed. This graph includes states with minor increases (the Philly Fed lists as unchanged).
In July, 38 states had increasing activity, the same as in June (including minor increases). This measure has been and up down over the last few years …
Here is a map of the three month change in the Philly Fed state coincident indicators. This map was all red during the worst of the recession, and all green at times during the recovery.
There are several states with declining activity again.