Tallahassee, FL – The Tallahassee Economic Index (TEI), the city’s top economic growth indicator, today released numbers ending July 2017. After a 6.25 point rebound in June, July gave back 10.06 points.
“The July 2017 TEI numbers showed the economy slowing. This was the fourth largest drop we have seen in the past 24 months.” said TEI Founder Brett F. Ewing. “The numbers weren’t all bleak; the employment situation continues to improve and real estate remains stable. We are interested to see how the hurricane and football season impact the economy in the coming months.The Index moved lower 10.06 points, from 57.29 in June to 47.23 in July.
“We weren’t able to build on what was a strong June as July TEI numbers came in very weak,” said Lance Mitchell, Director of Research at the TEI. “Business spending categories led the way down and real estate numbers which had been holding the index up showed no real growth on a monthly or yearly basis. One bright spot that continues to show promise is leading building indicators. New construction permits have been extremely strong for the past three months including a 100 percent rise over last July and lumber sales have risen for six straight months on a year-over-year basis.”