On This PageApril 1994, No. 80

The Revival of the Rust Belt: Fleeting Fancy or Durable Good?
Last Updated: 03/17/94
The Midwest economy expanded at a robust clip in 1993, with employment, consumer spending, industrial output and housing activity showing substantial gains for the year as a whole. Flooding, supply interruptions in the auto industry and some slippage in consumer and producer confidence slowed the upswing around mid-year, but business activity strengthened markedly as 1993 came to a close. Harsh winter weather put a chill on growth in the region in recent months, but the underlying economic momentum remained quite positive.