Business Leaders Survey

A monthly survey of service firms in New York State, northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut, conducted by the New York Fed.


Note: Survey responses were collected between October 1 and October 8.

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Growth in the region’s service sector remained modest, according to firms responding to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s October 2021 Business Leaders Survey. The survey’s headline business activity index was little changed at 15.2. The business climate index came in at -8.6, indicating that firms generally viewed the business climate as worse than normal for this time of year. Employment levels and wages continued to rise at a solid clip. The prices paid and prices received indexes remained elevated, pointing to ongoing widespread input and selling price increases, and capital spending continued to expand. Looking ahead, a growing proportion of firms expect conditions to improve over the next six months.

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The Business Leaders Survey is a monthly survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that asks companies across its District - which includes New York State, Northern New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut - about recent and expected trends in key business indicators. This survey is designed to parallel the Empire State Manufacturing Survey, though it covers a wider geography and the questions are slightly different. Participants from the service sector respond to a questionnaire and report on a variety of indicators, both in terms of recent and expected changes. While January 2014 is the first published report, survey responses date back to September of 2004 and all historical data are available on our website.

The survey is sent on the first business day of each month to the same pool of about 150 business executives, usually the president or CEO, in the region's service sector. In a typical month, about 100 responses are received by around the tenth of the month when the survey closes.

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Sample survey PDF 3 pages / 44 kb

Respondents come from a wide range of industries outside of the manufacturing sector, with the mix of respondents closely resembling the industry structure of the region.

The survey's headline index, general business activity, is a distinct question posed on the survey (as opposed to a composite of responses to other questions). Currently, no indexes are seasonally adjusted since none of the series exhibits stable seasonal patterns from a statistical perspective.

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Questions about survey/data: or (716) 849-5025; or (212) 720-5651

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