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Weekly Economic Index

The Weekly Economic Index (WEI) provides a signal of the state of the U.S. economy based on data available at a daily or weekly frequency. It represents the common component of 10 different daily and weekly series covering consumer behavior, the labor market and production. It is updated Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. CT, using data available up to 8 a.m. CT.

October 22, 2020: Update

  • The WEI is currently -3.80 percent, scaled to four-quarter GDP growth, for the week ended October 17 and -4.03 percent for October 10; for reference, the WEI stood at 1.55 percent for the week ended February 29.
  • The increase in the WEI for the week of October 17 was due to a decrease in initial unemployment insurance claims and increases in rail traffic and electricity output (relative to the same time last year), which more than offset decreases in tax withholding and fuel sales. The WEI for the week of October 10 was revised downward due to continuing unemployment insurance claims, which while lower than the prior week, still provided a more negative signal than previously available data.

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NOTES: When federal holidays occur on a publishing date or change the release schedule for the underlying data, the report is delayed by 24 hours. Data are updated at Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and jimstock.org.

WEI Authors

The WEI was developed by Daniel J. Lewis, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Karel Mertens, senior economic policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and James H. Stock, professor of economics at Harvard University.

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