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.