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By Martin Lavelle       December 5, 2014

A recently released home price index1 suggests that the trend of climbing Michigan home prices continues. According to the latest FHFA Home Price Index (HPI) release looking at updated home transactions through the third quarter of 2014, home prices continued to grow at a faster rate in Michigan than in the U.S. and Seventh District2. Chart 1: Year-over-year Percentage Chan... Read More

By Paul Traub       September 26, 2014

Michigan's contribution to the economic wellbeing of the Seventh District increased in July to 0.11, its highest level since March 2013, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Midwest Economic Index. However, positive contributions from services, manufacturing, and the consumer continue to be offset by slow growth in the construction sector. A reading above zero indicates that Michiga... Read More

By Rebecca Friedman       September 18, 2014

In a recent Chicago Fed Letter, Scott Brave and Thomas Walstrum discuss a business conditions survey that the Chicago Fed has been conducting in conjunction with the Beige Book since March 2013. To measure economic activity in the Seventh District, they construct a set of diffusion indexes based on survey responses (which are explained in greater detail in the article itself). Brave and W... Read More

By Paul Traub       August 13, 2014

As of June 2014, total nonfarm employment for the U.S. is reported to be greater than its January 2008 peak by 430,000 jobs. In contrast, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan nonfarm employment as of June 2014 is still down by 550,800 jobs or 11.7% from its previous peak of April 2000 (Chart 1). In addition, since the start... Read More

By Rick Mattoon       July 29, 2014

Detroit is the focus of this blog examining economic development issues in the five largest cities in the Chicago Fed's District. (For a complete profile of all five cities see “Industrial clusters and economic development in the Seventh District's largest cities”. Relative to the other large cities, Detroit faces some special challenges. Home to the domestic auto industry, Detroit grew and flour... Read More

By Jeremiah P. Boyle, Emily Engel       June 13, 2014

Community Development and Policy Studies at the Chicago Fed recently published profiles of a group of 10 cities that experienced significant manufacturing job loss in recent decades. The Industrial Cities Initiative (ICI) includes, Aurora and Joliet in Illinois; Fort Wayne and Gary in Indiana; Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in Iowa; Grand Rapids and Pontiac in Michigan; and, Green Bay and Racine in W... Read More

By Martin Lavelle       June 10, 2014

Income received by state residents remains an important and widely followed measure of economic progress.1 Personal income is income received from all sources (net of contributions to government social insurance programs, such as Social Security and Medicare).2 State personal income can be broken down into three categories: 1) net earnings by place of residence (e.g., wages and salaries)3; 2) div... Read More

By Paul Traub       June 5, 2014

On May 27, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that would increase Michigan's minimum hourly wage, making Michigan one of seven states together with the District of Columbia that have passed legislation to increase their minimum wage this year. The other six states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, and West Virginia. In addition, 32 other states have conside... Read More

By Martin Lavelle       May 16, 2014

At the latest Detroit Association for Business Economics (DABE) meeting of the 2013-14 season, John Silvia, chief economist, Wells Fargo, presented his outlook on the economy. Silvia said that he expects the annualized rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to be 2.8% for the remainder of 2014, with the pace of growth accelerating slightly to 3.1% in 2015. According to Silvia's outlook,... Read More

By Thomas H. Klier, William Testa, Thomas Walstrum       April 1, 2014

The automotive industry is synonymous with Michigan. This relationship was born of an explosion of technological innovation in Southeast Michigan, including the assembly line and key developments in the internal combustion engine and transmission system. Looking at innovative activity today, a hundred years later, it is not far-fetched to state that the geography of automotive innovation in N... Read More

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