Fri. Jun 9th, 2023

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s economy might not be having any improved – but it is also not having worse which is “good news” to N.C. State economist Dr. Mike Walden.

Citing his month-to-month NCSU Index of Major Financial Indicators, Walden says the most current information (April) “was unchanged from its earlier reading. I take into consideration this great news.  It suggests what ever type of financial slowdown North Carolina will have in the coming months, the most current information and facts suggests it hasn’t gotten worse.  The glass might have moved above half-complete!”

For instance, North Carolina’s unemployment price ticked downward in April to three.four% in April, according to federal information.

The new information also comes a day right after a new report says the U.S. economy grew extra than very first believed in the opening quarter of the year.

NCSU Index graphic

On the other hand, not all the indicators are constructive.

“[T] he negative news is 3 of the 5 elements of the Index showed deterioration. The national index, constructing permits, and manufacturing earnings all fell,” Walden says.

“However, there was a single decline that was a vibrant spot – initial claims for unemployment fell more than 7% from March.”

Typical manufacturing hours also “eked out a little .1% acquire,” he noted.

NCSU Index graphic

Walden’s take on all the information:

“What do these numbers inform us? With no reversal in the decline the Index has seasoned more than the final year, the implication is the North Carolina economy will continue to slow. But with no modify in the Index, the message is the degree of slowing will not worsen.

“With so a lot uncertainty and be concerned at present present, the conclusion of  ‘it might not be as negative as we after thought’ could be regarded uplifting! My mother after told me, ‘Don’t dismiss little favors.’”

About the Index: The Index is composed of 5 elements: the Financial Cycle Study Institute (ECRI)’s Weekly Major Index (, North Carolina initial claims for unemployment positive aspects, North Carolina constructing permits, typical weekly hours of function of all North Carolina workers in manufacturing, and typical weekly earnings of all North Carolina workers in manufacturing. All information are seasonally-adjusted and modified for variations in costs levels exactly where proper. Information are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and ECRI, whose permission to use their Weekly Major Index is tremendously appreciated. All calculations are performed by Dr. Michael Walden, and comments can be sent to

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