May 13, 2020 - Economy & Business

NY Fed index sees decline three times worse than the Great Recession

Reproduced from Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Chart: Axios Visuals
Reproduced from Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Chart: Axios Visuals

The New York Fed's new weekly economic index fell to -12 for the week ended May 9, dropping from -11.14 the previous week. The index's decline is now three times greater than the worst contraction seen during the Great Recession.

What it means: "The WEI is an index of real economic activity using timely and relevant high-frequency data," per the N.Y. Fed. "It represents the common component of ten different daily and weekly series covering consumer behavior, the labor market, and production."

  • The index's inputs range from electricity output and rail traffic to jobless claims and consumer confidence and seek to provide a timely snapshot of U.S. GDP expectations.

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