Area Economy

A look at local, regional, national and international trends.

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Investing in 2018: Will the markets keep rolling?

January 5, 2018
The bull market that has been running for nearly nine years reached new heights in 2017. Read More

Construction input prices expand as inflation creeps higher

December 29, 2017

Construction input prices expanded 0.7 percent in November and rose 5.6 percent on a yearly basis, the largest increase since November 2011, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

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Most signs point toward positive 2018 economic outlook

December 22, 2017

Despite the Thanksgiving break and deer season, November usually is a productive month, and this year was no exception.

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Retail performance index jumps more than 20 percent

December 8, 2017
Michigan retailers say their sales rose during October compared to September numbers, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Monthly construction spending is up, but annual rates lag

November 24, 2017
Nonresidential construction spending rose 0.5 percent in September, totaling $698.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Read More

Is today’s industrial economy as good as it gets?

November 17, 2017
For the past couple of years, growth in the West Michigan economy has been a little sluggish in the fall. Read More

Lack of construction employees prompts frustration, alarm

November 10, 2017
An analysis of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the nation’s construction sector added 11,000 net new jobs in October, matching the revised total from September. Read More

Two-thirds of retailers expect to close strong

November 3, 2017
Michigan retailers are looking forward to a robust holiday shopping season, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Construction materials prices rising faster than inflation

October 27, 2017
Construction input prices rose yet again in September, according to an analysis of data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More

Local economy inches ahead while national picture is mixed

October 20, 2017
The West Michigan economy still is going strong. Read More