Chicago Business Barometer & Research

Monthly Survey - Chicago Business Barometer 

The ISM Chicago Business Survey, is a regional view of the national economy; is a time-tested, market-moving report.  The Chicago Report is available to subscribers on the last working day each month.   The Chicago Business Barometer summarizes  current Business Activity.  The Barometer is considered to be a leading indicator of the U.S.A. economy.

For more than seven decades, the Chicago Business Barometer has been providing leading insight on the U.S. economy.  The Chicago Business Barometer is delivered to subscribers via the MNI Chicago Report, a monthly report published by MNI Indicators that presents valuable information on the U.S. economic activity and a fresh look at current U.S. business conditions.  The report consists of seven Business Activity indicators and three Buying Policy indicators that represent activity and preformance levels compared to the prior month.

Purchasing and Supply Management professionals in the Chicago area, primarily members of ISM Chicago, are polled to assess business conditions for their respective companies every month.

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Periodically, ISM Chicago may invite our members and community to participate in additional research. 



February - Chicago Business Barometer


Chicago Business Barometer declined by a further 0.7 points in February to 43.6, the lowest since November 2022.  The headline index signalled a sixth consecutive month of contractionary activity.  

Production, Employment and Prices Paid indicators declined over the month in February, with Production recording the steepest deterioration.  All indicators barring Supplier Deliveries and Prices Paid were in contractive terriority (sub-50).


Press Release


Building Supply Chain Resilience Amid Ongoing Distruption



New survey highlights the key supply chain challenges facing today's organizations and reveals how companies are building resilience amid ongoing distruption.  


Full Story: Supply Chain Management Review and Avetta


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How Crisis And Uncertainty Can Be A Catalyst For Growth



"Crises and downturns come in many different flavors, but there are principles CEOs can adopt that will help come out ahead, whatever the challenge."

Have you taken the steps to weather the unexpected, and support your customers and employees?

Full Story: Chief Executive 

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Special Question - February

The February Chicago Business Barometer asked firms whether they are considering a digital technologies in 2023, as labor markets remain tight?  

See breakout of responses in graph.