The economy continued “chugging along” in West Michigan during the early spring, even as economist Brian Long’s monthly survey of industrial purchasing managers again found signs of slower growth.
The latest quarterly economic survey from Business Leaders for Michigan shows continued optimism about the state economy, although few executives expect higher growth through 2019 and into next year.
West Michigan’s economy remained in growth mode at mid-year, as a monthly industrial activity index recorded improvements in most categories.
The economy in West Michigan continues to chug along even as companies start to feel the pricing effects of steel and aluminum tariffs.
Michigan should continue to see steady job growth into next year, although manufacturing and the auto industry will become less of a driver.