Friday morning’s release of the publicly available data from ECRI puts its Weekly Leading Index (WLI) at 147.4, down from the previous week’s 148.5. Year-over-year the four-week moving average of the indicator is now at 2.17%, down from last week. The WLI Growth indicator is now at 0.12, also down from the previous week.
“Outsized Gains for Least Educated Limits Wage Growth”
ECRI’s latest article discusses the 10% of employed who do not have high-school diplomas, yet who have seen the most gains in employment since the recovery. From the article: “…In essence, the jobs recovery has been spearheaded by cheap labor.” Read more
The ECRI Indicator Year-over-Year
Below is a chart of ECRI’s smoothed year-over-year percent change since 2000 of their weekly leading index. The latest level is above where it was at the start of the last recession.
RecessionAlert has launched an alternative to ECRI’s WLIg, the Weekly Leading Economic Indicator (WLEI), which uses 50 different time series from various categories, including the Corporate Bond Composite, Treasury Bond Composite, Stock Market Composite, Labor Market Composite, and Credit Market Composite. An interesting point to notice — back in 2011, ECRI made an erroneous recession call, while the WLEI did not trigger such a premature call. However, both indicators are now generally in agreement and moving in the same direction. Frequently the latest RecessionAlert data is not available at publish time and will be posted at a later point.
Appendix: A Closer Look at the ECRI Index
The first chart below shows the history of the Weekly Leading Index and highlights its current level.
For a better understanding of the relationship of the WLI level to recessions, the next chart shows the data series in terms of the percent-off the previous peak. In other words, new weekly highs register at 100%, with subsequent declines plotted accordingly.