Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Industrial Production, Capacity Utilization increase in July

by Bill McBride on 8/17/2010 09:15:00 AM

From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production rose 1.0 percent in July after having edged down 0.1 percent in June, and manufacturing output moved up 1.1 percent in July after having fallen 0.5 percent in June. A large contributor to the jump in manufacturing output in July was an increase of nearly 10 percent in the production of motor vehicles and parts; even so, manufacturing production excluding motor vehicles and parts advanced 0.6 percent. The output of mines rose 0.9 percent, and the output of utilities increased 0.1 percent. At 93.4 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in July was 7.7 percent above its year-earlier level. The capacity utilization rate for total industry moved up to 74.8 percent, a rate 5.7 percentage points above the rate from a year earlier but 5.8 percentage points below its average from 1972 to 2009.
Capacity Utilization Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 9.8% from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 74.8% is still far below normal - and well below the the pre-recession levels of 81.2% in November 2007.

Note: y-axis doesn't start at zero to better show the change.

Industrial ProductionThe second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

This is the highest level for industrial production since Oct 2008, but production is still 7.3% below the pre-recession levels at the end of 2007.

The increase in July was above the consensus of a 0.5% increase in Industrial Production, and an increase to 74.5% for Capacity Utilization.