November 11, 1999--The University of San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County rose 0.5 percent in September. The advance was fueled by a big gain in local stock prices and supported by moderate increases in building permits, consumer confidence, and help wanted advertising. Two componentsinitial claims for unemployment insurance and the outlook for the national economyexperienced minor losses during the month.
|Index of Leading Economic
The index for San Diego County that includes the components listed below (September)
Source: University of San Diego
|+ 0.5 %|
Residential units authorized by building permits in San Diego County (September)
Source: Construction Industry Research Board
Initial claims for unemployment insurance in San Diego County, inverted (September)
Source: Employment Development Department
San Diego Stock Exchange Index (September)
Source: San Diego Daily Transcript
An index of consumer confidence in San Diego County (September)
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
|Help Wanted Advertising
An index of help wanted advertising in the San Diego Union-Tribune (September)
Source: Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce
Index of Leading Economic Indicators (September)
Source: The Conference Board
Septembers rise was the seventh consecutive monthly increase for the Index. The advance was the best of the year in terms its breadth, with solid gains in four of the components and only small losses in the other two. Thus, the outlook for the local economy remains positive in the near term, as has been the case for the last few months.
One key development in September was the increase in consumer confidence, which had declined for 12 months in a row. Last months report discussed the importance of consumer spending for the local economy. Breaking a streak in the opposite direction was a slight increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance (a negative for the Index), the first in nine months. Offsetting this on the other side of the labor market was another good gain in help wanted advertising, its third in the last four months.
Also important was the increase in residential units authorized by building permits. September is usually a poor month for building permits, but a large 736-unit apartment project boosted the months total to one of best of the year. That project has contributed to an outstanding year for multiple-family units authorized, which are running at double last years pace. The projected total for multiple-family units authorized for the year now tops 6,000, which would be more than the total (single- and multiple-family) number of residential units authorized in the years 1992 and 1993.
September's gain puts the Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County at 145.0, up from Augusts reading of 144.2. Building permits and the national Index of Leading Economic Indicators were revised upward in August, but there was no revision of the previously reported change of +0.3% for the month. The fluctuations of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County for the last year are given below:
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