Monday, September 21, 2020


Weekly Economic Index (WEI)

September 17, 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 -5.11 percent, scaled to four-quarter GDP growth, for the week ended September 12 and -5.07 percent for September 5; for reference, the WEI stood at 1.55 percent for the week ended February 29.
  • The decline in the WEI for the week of September 12 was due to decreases in fuel sales, electricity output, tax withholding, and rail traffic, which more than offset a fall in initial unemployment insurance claims. The WEI for the week of September 5 was revised downward due to the continuing unemployment insurance claims release, which while lower than the prior week, still provided a more negative signal than previously available data.
  • As alternative scales, the current WEI implies a 20.13 percent decrease in IP (YoY) and a 735k employee decrease in nonfarm payroll.
  • Data dashboard and .release (.pdf)
  • Historical data including recent release (.xlsx)

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