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 RateMarch 2020March 201912 Mos ChangeYTD 2020YTD 2019YTD Change
Region Total$21,714,258$21,074,8143.03%$72,975,200$68,562,6386.44%

Consumer Price Index

Statistics for the Dayton MSA are no longer available. Based on Midwest region B/C MSA Population 50,000- 1,500,000.

March 2020 % Monthly Change-0.5%
CPI over the last 12 months avg.1.0%
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

Statistics for the Dayton MSA are no longer available. Based on Midwest region B/C MSA Population 50,000- 1,500,000.

Estimated Monthly Sales for Manufacturers, Retailers, and Merchant Wholesalers

(In millions of dollars)March 2020February 2019March 2019March 2020/March 2019 % Change
Total Business$1,386,148$1,464,205$1,457,655-4.9
Merchant Wholesale$474,974$500,660$500,950-5.2
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, Mar 2020. Released May 15, 2020.

Residential Home Sales

 March 2020March 2019% ChangeYTD 2020YTD 2019% Change
Number of Homes Sold229621019.28%329830169.35%
Total Home Sales$408,264,462$325,822,29425.30%$583,699,212$472,504,41323.53%
Average Sale Price ($)$177,816$155,08014.66%$176,986$156,66612.97%
Source: Dayton Area Board of Realtors, Dayton Area Home Sales for March 2020.

Regional Employment Trends

Not seasonally adjusted

Dayton MSAMarch 2020February 2020March 20192020 Avg.12-mo change
Total nonfarm employment389,300387,600388,700388,033600
Goods producing employment56,90056,90056,30056,833100
Service-providing employment330,700330,700330,000331,200500
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

 March 2020March 201912-month Avg.
Dayton MSA4.9%3.9%4.1%