Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Industrial Production, Capacity Utilization increase in November

by Bill McBride on 12/15/2010 09:15:00 AM

From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production increased 0.4 percent in November after a decline of 0.2 percent in October. The rate of change for industrial production was revised down in October but up in September; the net effect of the revisions from June to October left the level of industrial production in October about the same as was previously reported. ... At 93.9 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in November was 5.4 percent above its level a year earlier. The capacity utilization rate for total industry rose to 75.2 percent, a rate 5.4 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 10.3% from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 75.2% is still far below normal - and well below 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.

Industrial production increased in November, but production is still 6.8% below the pre-recession levels at the end of 2007.

This was slightly above consensus expectations of a 0.3% increase in Industrial Production, and an increase to 75.0% for Capacity Utilization. The increases in Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization have slowed significantly since May.

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