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 RateFebruary 2018February 201712 Mos ChangeYTD 2018YTD 2017YTD Change
Region Total$18,108,477.00$18,687,414.00-3.10%$42,088,482.00$43,953,025.00-4.24%

Consumer Price Index

February 2018 % Monthly Change0.2%
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)February 2018January 2018February 2017February 2018/February 2017 % Change
Total Business$1,431,436.00$1,424,953.00$1,352,312.005.9
Merchant Wholesale$496,221.00$490,894.00$464,364.006.9
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, Feb. 2017. Released April 14, 2018

Residential Home Sales

 February 2018February 2017% ChangeYTD 2018YTD 2017% Change
Number of Homes Sold8828553.16%173217051.58%
Total Home Sales$135,760,485.00$121,789,011.0011.47%$259,371,850.00$240,748,221.007.74%
Average Sale Price ($)$153,923.00$142,443.008.06%$149,753.00$141,201.006.06%
Source: Dayton Area Board of Realtors, Dayton Area Home Sales for February 2018

Regional Employment Trends

Not seasonally adjusted

Dayton MSAFebruary 2018January 2018February 20172018 Avg.12-mo change
Total nonfarm employment390,400348,800382,500369,6007,900
Goods producing employment55,10053,90053,20054,5001,900
Service-providing employment335,300330,900329,300333,1006,000
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

 February 2018February 201712-month Avg.
Dayton MSA4.3%5.2%4.6%