About This ArticleMay 2010

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index was +0.29 in April, up from +0.13 in March.

Index Shows Economic Activity Continued to Improve in April
Last Updated: 05/24/10

Led by continued improvements in production- and employment-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index increased to +0.29 in April, up from +0.13 in March. April marked the highest level of the index since December 2006 and the third time in the past four months that the index indicated above-average economic activity. Three of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index made positive contributions in April, while the consumption and housing category made the lone negative contribution.