Weekly Economic Index (WEI)
April 21, 2020
Daniel Lewis, New York Fed
Karel Mertens, Dallas Fed
James Stock, Harvard University
The WEI is an index of 10 weekly indicators of real economic activity, scaled to have the units of four-quarter percent change of real GDP.
- The WEI is currently -10.95 percent, scaled to 4-quarter GDP growth, for the week ending April 18 and -10.56 percent for April 11; for reference, the WEI stood at 1.58 for the week ending February 29.
- Today’s small upward revision of the WEI for the week of 04/11 is a result of today’s staffing index release, while lower than the prior week, being less negative than previous data releases. The fall in the WEI for 04/18 relative to this revised number is driven by tumbling retail sales, offsetting an increase in steel production and a slight improvement in consumer confidence. This estimate may be revised downwards on Thursday, when more data is available, including fuel sales.
- As alternative scales, the current WEI implies a 36.95 percent decrease in IP (YoY) and a 1490k employee decrease in nonfarm payroll.
- Data dashboard and .release (.pdf)
- Historical data including recent release (.xlsx)