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Policy Forum
The Policy Forum gathers opinions on a public policy issue impacting Southeastern Michigan from the Business Confidence Panel, the Consumer Confidence Panel, and the Gold Star Panel of Expert Economists.

April 2014
January 2014 (pdf)
October 2013 (pdf)

Business Confidence Report
The Business Confidence Index is forward-looking measuring economic expectations for the upcoming quarter gathered from a broad group of business executives across the Southeastern Michigan metropolitan region. The index is composed of four industry indicators: sales, profits, hiring, and capital expenditures and two general economic indicators: economic conditions in the United States and economic conditions in Michigan.

February 2014 (pdf)

Consumer Confidence Report
The SE MI Consumer Confidence Index measures the degree of optimism on the state of the economy that consumers are expressing through their activities of savings and spending. The more confident people feel about the economy and their jobs and incomes, the more likely they are to make purchases. Declining consumer confidence is a sign of slowing economic growth and may indicate that the economy is headed into trouble.

January 2014 (pdf)
October 2013 (pdf)

The Gold Star Expert Panel
This report polls top business economists in Southeastern Michigan quarterly collecting their forecasts of regional employment growth, personal income growth, population growth, home prices, unemployment rate, median family income and U.S. auto sales.

April 2014 (pdf)
January 2014 (pdf)
September 2013 (pdf)

Economy at a Glance
A one-page snapshot of the Southeastern Michigan economy issued quarterly (February, May, August and November). Data and commentary on key sectors of the local economy are displayed -- real estate, transportation, manufacturing, employment, and other business indicators.

February 2014 (pdf)
November 2013 (pdf)
August 2013 (pdf)


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