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California Economy Rises In May, Reports Comerica Bank's California Economic Activity Index

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

California Economy Rises In May, Reports Comerica Bank's California Economic Activity Index11:30 EDT Wednesday, July 25, 2012DALLAS, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank's California Economic Activity Index rose more than one and a half points to a level of 103.6 in May. May's reading is 30 points, or 42 percent, above the index cyclical low of 73.2. Year-to-date the index has averaged 101, two points above the average for all of 2011.(Logo: "The California economy is showing more momentum in 2012 after flat-lining through most of 2011, as shown by our California Economic Activity Index," said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. "Private-sector job growth is starting to improve, and housing markets are looking a little firmer. State fiscal conditions remain challenging, which is adding to the stress on some municipalities."The California Economic Activity Index consists of eight variables, as follows: nonfarm payrolls, exports, sales tax revenues, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims for unemployment insurance, building permits, Baker Hughes rotary rig count and the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV150).  All data are seasonally adjusted, as necessary, and indexed to a base year of 2008. Nominal values have been converted to constant dollar values. Index levels are expressed in terms of three-month moving averages. Comerica Bank, with 105 banking centers in the key California markets of San Francisco and the East Bay, San Jose, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Cruz/Monterey, and the Inland Empire, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA).  Comerica is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping businesses and people be successful. To find Comerica on Facebook, please visit  Follow Comerica Chief Economist Robert Dye on Twitter at @Comerica_Econ.To receive this index directly to your email inbox, go to to subscribe.SOURCE Comerica BankFor further information: Media, Robert Dye, +1-214-462-6839,, or Data Contact, Meaghan Derrick, +1-214-462-6815,