New orders reach a 16-month high as business improves

October 14, 2016
As we move into the fourth quarter of 2016, the West Michigan industrial economy continues to expand. Read More

Summer doldrums keep economy on incremental pace

September 16, 2016
Summer’s end hopefully will bring better economic news. Read More

Industrial economy ebbs toward negative territory

June 10, 2016
Flat. That’s the latest word on the West Michigan economy, according to data from the last two weeks of May. Read More

Local economy keeps pace with state, national numbers

May 13, 2016
For this month’s report, it is gratifying to see the West Michigan economy continue to grow, even though the pace remains subdued. Read More

Short-term confidence index is gaining momentum

April 8, 2016
After seeing the reports for the West Michigan industrial economy soften at the end of 2015, it is gratifying to report the local economy is again gaining strength. Read More

Local economy has enough momentum for the short term

March 11, 2016
December is often a month of slower sales and reduced production, but it took until February for West Michigan to return to the slow growth we have reported for most of the past seven years. Read More

Year-end reports show mixed signals for 2016 economy

January 8, 2016
Flat or slightly negative. Read More