Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index jumped 2.0 points in June, spiking to a level of 105.9. The June index reading is 46 points, or 77 percent, above the index cyclical low of 59.9. The index has averaged 102 points over the first half of 2012, 11 points above the index average for all of 2011.
“The Michigan economy pushed further ahead in June, with our Michigan Economic Activity Index up strongly for the second month,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. “The rate of job creation has slowed over the first two quarters of the year as U.S. auto sales have plateaued around a 14 million unit annual sales rate in 2012. But outside of durable goods manufacturing, we are seeing ongoing gains. Housing markets statewide are improving as sales and prices increase. New home construction remains low, but is expected to increase to meet pent up demand.”
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