Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Industrial Production edged up in May, Capacity Utilization unchanged

by Bill McBride on 6/15/2011 09:15:00 AM

From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in May, the second consecutive month with little or no gain. Revisions to total industrial production in months before May were small. In May, manufacturing production rose 0.4 percent after having fallen 0.5 percent in April. The output of motor vehicles and parts has been held down in the past two months because of supply chain disruptions following the earthquake in Japan. Excluding motor vehicles and parts, manufacturing output advanced 0.6 percent in May and edged down 0.1 percent in April; the decrease in April in part reflected production lost because of tornadoes in the South at the end of the month. ... At 93.0 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in May was 3.4 percent above its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization for total industry was flat at 76.7 percent, a rate 3.7 percentage points below its average from 1972 to 2010.
Capacity Utilization Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 9.5 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 76.7% is still "3.7 percentage points below its average from 1972 to 2010" - and 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 edged up slightly in May to 93.0.

Both industrial production and capacity utilization have stalled recently. The was below the consensus of a 0.2% increase in Industrial Production in May, and an increase to 77.0% for Capacity Utilization.

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