News and updates from the Kamran Afshar Data Analytics Center
KADAC in the News
- Quarterly Economic Review of Lehigh Valley Businesses: 2019 Q3 on LV Discourse
By Shamus McGroggan, August 20, 2019
- Survey: Lehigh Valley business outlook shows decline in enthusiasm
By Brian Pedersen, August 15, 2019
- DeSales professor: Economy is slowing down, but does not see recession in next 6 months
By Justin Backover, Aug 14, 2019
- Economist: Lehigh Valley facing a 'slowdown,’ not a recession
By Anthony Salamone, Aug 14, 2019
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KADAC: Rapid Growth Stabilizes in Lehigh Valley
The partial government shutdown had an effect on Lehigh Valley businesses, but overall, the local economy is still going strong.
Kamran Afshar, director of The Kamran Afshar Data Analytics Center at DeSales University, delivered the Lehigh Valley Business Sentiment Index for January 2019 along with students Michael Grapsy, Katie Paparelli, Megan Mess, and Jasvinder Kaur.
“Basically, what we have is a stabilization of expectations. There is no question that Lehigh Valley businesses are doing well in terms of employment and revenue. What we can see in the data is that the extreme optimism of October has been significantly tempered down.”
According to the survey, which was conducted from January 10-24, layoff rates remain low and payroll employment is rising rapidly. While the hiring index remains above average and momentum is up, expectations for hiring over the next six months have dropped from October.
While the partial government shutdown did have an effect on momentum and optimism, businesses expect the economy to remain steady over the next six months and do not anticipate a recession or boom.