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Michigan Economy Flat in October, Reports Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Michigan Economy Flat in October, Reports Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index10:28 EST Wednesday, December 21, 2011DALLAS, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index rose one point in October, to a level of 88.  The October index level is 17 points, or 24 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.  Year-to-date the index has averaged 87 points, two points above the average for all of 2010. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20010807/CMALOGO)"The Michigan economy is showing more signs of stability, holding on to gains from rebounding auto production," said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. "The rate of job growth for the state is about on par with the national average and the unemployment rate is set to resume trending downward. More stability in labor markets will in turn help to stabilize the state's housing markets. The Michigan economy is still somewhat patchy with regional unemployment rates elevated and house prices soft. National economic data through the fourth quarter of 2011 has been better than expected and this is supportive of ongoing gains to auto sales...good news for the Michigan economy. "The Michigan Economic Activity Index equally weighs nine, seasonally-adjusted coincident indicators of real economic activity.  These indicators reflect activity in the construction, manufacturing and service sectors as well as job growth and consumer outlays.  A complete Index history is available upon request. Comerica Bank is the commercial banking subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Michigan and Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, and Florida, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To receive this Index directly to your email inbox, go to www.comerica.com/econsubscribe to subscribe. SOURCE Comerica BankFor further information: Media, Robert Dye, +1-214-462-6839, radye@comerica.com, or Data, Meaghan Derrick, +1-214-462-6815, maderrick@comerica.com