“Economics Perspective” – Brian Long

/"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long

Tariffs are Beginning to Hurt

By Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. Tariffs have been threated for many months. Now that they are now actually being imposed, the West Michigan economy is beginning to feel the pinch. After 18 months of solid growth, NEW ORDERS, our closely-watched index of business improvement, has turned modestly negative at -3, down VERY sharply from [...]

By |2018-08-22T18:50:43+00:00August 4th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Tariffs are Beginning to Hurt

Still on Solid Footing

By Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M.  So far, so good. According to the data collected in the last two weeks of June, NEW ORDERS, our closely-watched index of business improvement, edged up to +33 from +30. in a similar move, the West Michigan PRODUCTION index rose to +39 from +37. Activity in the purchasing offices, [...]

By |2018-08-22T15:13:33+00:00July 4th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Still on Solid Footing

Strong Pace Continues

By Brian G. Long, Ph.D., C.P.M. As we head toward the summer, the slow growth we have seen for most of the recovery has again turned into faster growth. According to the data collected in the last two weeks of May, NEW ORDERS, our index of business improvement, came it at +30, up slightly from [...]

By |2018-08-22T15:14:40+00:00June 4th, 2018|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Strong Pace Continues

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+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00November 15th, 2017|"Economics Perspective" - Brian Long|Comments Off on Growth, But Slightly Slower