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Bank Releases May’s Coincident Indexes
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Contact: Katherine Dibling, Public Affairs Specialist, (215) 574-4119
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia today released the coincident indexes for May 2012. The coincident indexes combine four state-level indicators to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic.
- In the past month, the indexes increased in 34 states, decreased in nine states, and remained stable in seven states. Over the past three months, the indexes increased in 47 states and decreased in three states (Alaska, Maine, and Mississippi).
- The coincident index remained stable in May. The unemployment rate remained stable, while manufacturing hours increased. However, payroll employment decreased. The state’s economic activity as measured by the coincident index has risen 2.7 percent over the past 12 months.
- The coincident index rose 0.1 percent in May. Average hours worked in manufacturing decreased, while the unemployment rate increased. However, payroll employment increased. The state’s economic activity as measured by the coincident index has increased 2.7 percent over the past 12 months.
- The coincident index rose 0.1 percent in May. Payroll employment remained stable, while the unemployment rate decreased. However, average hours worked in manufacturing decreased. Overall, the state’s economic activity as measured by the coincident index has increased 0.9 percent over the past 12 months.
About the Coincident Indexes
- The indicators are nonfarm payroll employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary disbursements deflated by the consumer price index.
- The Bank also issues leading indexes for the states. These indexes predict the six-month growth rate of the state’s coincident indexes.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank and savings and loan holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. It is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.