Indicador de manufacturas de EEUU sube en noviembre

RichmondFed: ManufacturingimprovedinNovember

From the Richmond Fed: FifthDistrictSurveyofManufacturingActivity

Manufacturing in the Fifth District improved in November, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shipments and the volume of new orders rose. Employment, average workweek, and wages also picked up this month. Capacity utilization and the backlog of orders flattened, while vendor lead-time rose at a slower pace.

Manufacturers were optimistic about their future business prospects. Firms anticipated shipments and the volume of new orders would grow more quickly during the next six months.

Thecompositeindexofmanufacturingstrengthened, climbingto a readingof 13 inNovemberfollowinglastmonth’sreadingof 1. The index of shipments improved 18 points, ending at 16, and the indexfor new ordersadvanced 15 points compared to a month ago. In addition, the index for the number of employees gained two points, finishing at a reading of 6.

Manufacturingemploymentedgedupthismonth, moving the index to 6 from 4. Theaverageworkweekgrewsolidly, pushing that index up 13 points to end at a reading of 12. Additionally, averagewagesgrew more quickly, reaching an index of 15 compared to last month’s reading of 9.

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This is the last of the regional surveys. Here is a graph comparing the regional Fed surveys and the ISM manufacturing index:


The New York and Philly Fed surveys are averaged together (dashed green, through November), and five Fed surveys are averaged (blue, through November) including New York, Philly, Richmond, Dallas and Kansas City. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) PMI (red) is through October (right axis).

The NY Fed survey indicated contraction in November, but the other surveys showed expansion. The ISM index for November will be released Monday, December 2nd and will probably decline from the 56.4 reading in October (but still show expansion).

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