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.


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The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's May 2016 Business Leaders Survey  indicates that activity in the region’s service sector expanded modestly. The survey’s headline business activity index rose four points to 5.4. The business climate index increased six points but remained negative at -12.5, signaling that, on balance, respondents continued to view the business climate as worse than normal. The employment index slipped four points but held above zero at 4.2, pointing to a small increase in employment levels. The wages index was little changed at 34.1. Both input prices and selling prices increased at a slightly faster pace than last month. Indexes assessing the six-month outlook indicated that firms were less optimistic about future business conditions than they were last month.

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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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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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