“Economics Perspective” – Brian Long

/"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long

Positive Growth Continues

Positive Growth Continues By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. Yes, the West Michigan economy is still going strong. According to the West Michigan survey conducted during the last two weeks of September, NEW ORDERS, our closely-watched index of business improvement, rose quietly to +21 from +19. The PRODUCTION index remained positive but retreated modestly [...]

By | 2017-10-13T15:28:04+00:00 October 10th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Positive Growth Continues

Growth Rate Improves

Growth Rate Improves By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. After a summer lull, the West Michigan economy resumed the positive growth pattern we have seen for the past eight years. According to the survey conducted during the last two weeks of August, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, rose to +19, up nicely [...]

By | 2017-10-13T15:10:49+00:00 September 8th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Growth Rate Improves

Slower Growth

Slower Growth By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. After six months of disappointing car sales, the impact on our local auto parts suppliers is finally being felt by the West Michigan economy. It’s not a collapse, just a modest tapering of the growth rate. And growth is still growth. According to the survey conducted during [...]

By | 2017-10-13T14:56:40+00:00 August 4th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Slower Growth

Still Growing

Still Growing By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. Yes, the West Michigan industrial economy remains on track. According to the monthly survey conducted during the last two weeks of June, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, came in at +31, a modest improvement over last month’s report of +27. In a similar move, [...]

By | 2017-10-13T14:54:38+00:00 July 6th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Still Growing

Still Strong, But…

Still Strong, But… By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. Yes, the news is still good. The latest survey of the West Michigan industrial economy conducted during the last two weeks of May remains fairly positive, even though concerns have been raised about falling auto sales. NEW ORDERS, our closely watched index of business improvement, [...]

By | 2017-10-13T14:53:04+00:00 June 6th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Still Strong, But…

Back to a Two Year High

Back to a Two Year High By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. Good news is always welcome, and according to the latest survey conducted during the last two weeks of April, the West Michigan economy is surprisingly strong. NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement bounced to +35, up nicely from+21. However, the PRODUCTION [...]

By | 2017-10-13T14:58:44+00:00 May 5th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Back to a Two Year High

Double Digit Growth Continues

By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. Despite the signs that several of our local industries are topping out, West Michigan business conditions remain positive. According to the latest survey conducted during the last two weeks of March, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, moderated to +21, down slightly from +25. However, the PRODUCTION index bounced to +31, up significantly [...]

By | 2017-07-25T14:09:40+00:00 April 7th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|0 Comments

Back to Double-Digit Growth

By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. For West Michigan, the 2017 rally continues for the industrial markets. According to the latest survey conducted during the last two weeks of February, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, bounced to +25, up significantly from +8 in last month’s report. The PRODUCTION index rose to +17 from +8. Activity in the purchasing [...]

By | 2017-07-25T14:07:49+00:00 March 6th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|0 Comments

Growth Resumes

By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. The holidays are over, and we are now into the back-to-work mode of 2017. According to the latest survey conducted during the last two weeks of January, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, has returned to a normal pace of +8, up nicely from December’s -5. Most of our other key indexes [...]

By | 2017-04-06T14:57:41+00:00 February 8th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|0 Comments

Seasonally Flat

By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. December is often a slow month for many industrial firms, and December 2016 was no exception. According to the latest survey conducted during the last two weeks of December, NEW ORDERS, our closely watched index of business improvement, came in at -5, considerably below our index of +23 posted as recently as September, [...]

By | 2017-04-06T15:16:26+00:00 January 6th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|0 Comments