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, 2015 January/February 2015 2014: Q4
April 30, 2015 March 2015  
May 29, 2015 April 2015  
June 30, 2015 May 2015 2015: Q1
July 31, 2015 June 2015  
August 31, 2015 July 2015  
September 30, 2015 August 2015 2015: Q2
October 30, 2015 September 2015  
December 2, 2015 October 2015  
December 30, 2015 November 2015 2015: Q3