ECRI Weekly Leading Index Update
This morning's release of the publicly available data from ECRI puts the WLI at 156.1, up 2.9 from the previous week's revised figure. The WLIg is at 25.0, up from last week and the WLI YoY is at 40.54% up from last week.
Below is a chart of ECRI's smoothed year-over-year percent change since 2000 of their weekly leading index.
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.
As the chart above illustrates, only once has a recession ended without the index level achieving a new high -- the two recessions, commonly referred to as a "double-dip," in the early 1980s. We've exceeded the previously longest stretch between highs, which was from February 1973 to April 1978. But the index level rose steadily from the trough at the end of the 1973-1975 recession to reach its new high in 1978. The pattern in ECRI's indictor is quite different, and this has no doubt been a key factor in their business cycle analysis.