More about the MEI

The Midwest Economy Index (MEI) is a monthly index designed to measure growth in nonfarm business activity in the Seventh Federal Reserve District. It serves as a regional counterpart to the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI). The MEI is released at 8:30 a.m. ET on scheduled days, normally toward the end of each calendar month.

Estimates for annual growth in real gross state product (GSP) are made available on a quarterly basis following the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis's final release of real gross domestic product (GDP) data for each quarter.

MEI Release Dates

Date of Release

Monthly Data

GSP Growth Forecasts through

March 31, 2016 January/February 2016  
April 29, 2016 March 2016 2015:Q4
May 31, 2016 April 2016  
June 30, 2016 May 2016  
July 29, 2016 June 2016 2016:Q1
August 31, 2016 July 2016  
September 30, 2016 August 2016  
October 31, 2016 September 2016 2016:Q2
November 30, 2016 October 2016  
December 30, 2016 November 2016