Tallahassee, FL – The Tallahassee Economic Index (TEI), the city’s top economic growth indicator, today released numbers ending May 2018. Following a 2.98 point slide in April, the Index moved lower by 4.21 points from 42.73 to 38.52 in May.
“May’s index readings came in unfavorable again. We are seeing spending decrease by local consumers and businesses, as indicated by things like apparel and shoe sales and office equipment/supplies. We are also seeing our leading indicator for future construction projects start to flounder, ” said TEI Founder Brett F. Ewing. “ If you want to look on the bright side, the Tallahassee International Airport saw its eighth straight month of seasonally adjusted growth. This is the second time since the airport went international that it has had a streak this long.”
“For only the third time in the history of the TEI, we have experienced five straight months of negative numbers, with May being the largest decline of that streak,” said Lance Mitchell, Director of Research at the TEI.“Bad news abounds with initial claims for reemployment hitting roughly two-year highs and housing sales price growth moderating to a crawl. The number of categories providing positive momentum shrunk during this downturn, meaning positive growth in our local economy looks to be at a tipping point.