Economic Indicators

Looking for the latest economic indicators for the Dayton region? Economic development highlights for this page and future editions will be provided by Wright State University’s Applied Policy Research Institute (APRI). APRI is an applied social science research institute that provides support to, local government, state government, and non-profit organizations with data collection and analysis, strategic planning, and other applied research needs. Economic indicators will vary in monthly reports with greater analysis reporting on a quarterly basis. Look over our charts and tables below to find the information you need. If you need assistance finding other data from the region, please contact us here.

Cost of Living Index

The Cost of Living Index, published quarterly by C2ER – The Council for Community and Economic Research, measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan, equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.

Sales Tax Collections

CountyCurrent RateDecember 2017December 201612 Mos ChangeYTD 2017YTD 2016YTD Change
Region Total$19,966,831.00$21,377,216.00-6.60%$249,013,068.00$252,370,180.00-1.33%

Consumer Price Index

December 2017 % Monthly Change-0.2%
CPI over the last 12 months avg.1.7%
Statistics for the Dayton MSA are no longer available. Based on Midwest region B/C MSA Population 50,000- 1,500,000.

Consumer Price Index – Percent Change

Estimated Monthly Sales for Manufacturers, Retailers, and Merchant Wholesalers

(In millions of dollars)December 2017November 2017December 2016December 2017/December 2016 % Change
Total Business$1,431,294.00$1,422,763.00$1,341,603.006.7
Merchant Wholesale$500,220.00$494,226.00$458,488.009.1
Note: Adjusted for seasonal variations and, in the case of sales, for trading-day differences and holiday variations. For complete methodology, refer to the source.
Source: US Dept. of Commerce, US Census Bureau, Economic Indicators, Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales, Dec. 2017. Released February 14, 2018

Residential Home Sales

 December 2017December 2016% ChangeYTD 2017YTD 2016% Change
Number of Homes Sold10761175-8.43%16149160790.44%
Total Home Sales$164,587,989.00$162,268,929.001.43%$2,513,130,160.00$2,360,177,839.006.48%
Average Sale Price ($)$152,963.00$138,101.0010.76%$155,621.00$146,786.006.02%
Source: Dayton Area Board of Realtors, Dayton Area Home Sales for December 2017

Regional Employment Trends

Not seasonally adjusted

Dayton MSADecember 2017November 2017December 20162017 Avg.12-mo change
Total nonfarm employment399,800397,500391,400388,7838,400
Goods producing employment56,00055,70052,90054,7253,100
Service-providing employment343,800341,800338,500334,0585,300
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), Labor Force Statistics including the National Unemployment Rate,

Unemployment Rates

Not seasonally adjusted

 December 2017December 201612-month Avg.
Dayton MSA4.2%4.5%4.6%