The ANZ Stateometer will be useful in signalling, ahead of official data, when softening housing market activity starts to impact these economies.
The middle of the pack formed by Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have seen a modest improvement since we published the inaugural ANZ Stateometer about two months ago.
Queensland and Tasmania’s growth momentum is being assisted by the stimulatory impact of the lower $A but the Northern Territory’s is largely due to strong ongoing construction activity related to the Ichthys LNG project.
South Australian economic activity continues to lose momentum while Western Australia’s indicator also slid into the bottom right quadrant.
This indicates that conditions in Western Australia economy are weakening relative to its past strong performance in large part due to the contraction in mining investment spending. The ACT indicator was well below its historical average and lost some of the momentum it gained through winter.
The ANZ Stateometer is an indicator that synthesises a large volume of monthly data to give our clients a one-stop-shop for current state and territory economic conditions.
We’ve included 16 economic indicators that cover labour market conditions, household and business activity and prices and analysed them using a statistical technique called principal component analysis. PCA allows us to reveal common trends in the data, and in our case, the underlying pulse of domestic economic activity for each state and territory.
Cherelle Murphy is Co-Head of Australian Economics & Economist and Kirk Zammit is an economist at ANZ