The D6 Factor improved slightly from -6.3 in April to -6.2 in May. However, since the start of this recession in December 2007, the index has declined steadily. The persistent decline reflects the broad-based decrease seen in most of the Sixth District economic data used to compute the index. (A negative value indicates that economic conditions are weak.)
Note to readers: This report is updated only through May because we are in the process of revising the methodology and construction of the D6 Factor index. We apologize for any inconvenience.