“Economics Perspective” – Brian Long

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Still Strong: Summer Should be Good

By Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. The stronger-than-usual performance for the West Michigan economy has continued into the opening of the second quarter of 2018, although the pace slowed to some extent. According to the data collected in the last two weeks of April, NEW ORDERS, our closely-watched index of business improvement, retreated to +28 [...]

By | 2018-05-12T12:10:07+00:00 May 4th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long, Latest News|Comments Off on Still Strong: Summer Should be Good

The 2018 “Bounce” Continues

By  Brian G. Long, Ph.D, C.P.M. For West Michigan, the first quarter of 2018 has started on a strong footing. According to the data collected in the last two weeks of March, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, came in at +34, slightly better than last month’s +32. The West Michigan PRODUCTION index held [...]

By | 2018-05-12T12:10:57+00:00 April 5th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long, Latest News|Comments Off on The 2018 “Bounce” Continues

February: A Significant Bounce

By Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. January was good, but February was better. According to the data collected in the last two weeks of last month, NEW ORDERS, our closely-watched index of business improvement, upticked to +32 from +23. In a similar move, the West Michigan PRODUCTION index edged up to +31 from +24. A [...]

By | 2018-04-28T01:27:40+00:00 March 6th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on February: A Significant Bounce

2018: Off to a Good Start

By Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. For the West Michigan industrial economy, 2018 is starting on a positive note. According to the data collected in the last two weeks of January, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, rose modestly to +23 from +19. In a similar move, the West Michigan PRODUCTION index edged up [...]

By | 2018-02-09T23:59:39+00:00 February 9th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on 2018: Off to a Good Start

2017 Ends with Solid Growth

By Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. Historically, the end of the year has sometimes been rough for the West Michigan economy. However, according to the data collected in the last two weeks of December, the local economy finished 2017 on a solid footing. NEW ORDERS, our closely watched index of business improvement, was virtually unchanged, [...]

By | 2018-02-09T23:44:09+00:00 January 5th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on 2017 Ends with Solid Growth

Growth, But Slightly Slower

By Dr. Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. For the past couple of years, growth in the West Michigan economy has been a little sluggish in the fall. For instance, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, dipped to -1 in November 2015 and dropped much more abruptly to -13 in the October 2016 on the [...]

By | 2017-11-15T22:12:43+00:00 November 15th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Growth, But Slightly Slower

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 to +17 from [...]

By | 2017-11-15T22:13:04+00:00 October 10th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Positive Growth Continues

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 from last month’s [...]

By | 2017-11-15T22:13:24+00:00 September 8th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Growth Rate Improves

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 the last [...]

By | 2017-11-15T22:13:52+00:00 August 4th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Slower Growth