Friday, December 14, 2012

Industrial Production increased 1.1% in November, Bounces back following Hurricane Sandy

by Bill McBride on 12/14/2012 09:15:00 AM

From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production increased 1.1 percent in November after having fallen 0.7 percent in October. The gain in November is estimated to have largely resulted from a recovery in production for industries that had been negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast region in late October. In November, manufacturing output increased 1.1 percent after having decreased 1.0 percent in October; in addition to the storm-related rebound, a sizable rise in the production of motor vehicles and parts boosted factory output in November. The output of utilities advanced 1.0 percent, and production at mines rose 0.8 percent. At 97.5 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in November was 2.5 percent above its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization for total industry increased 0.7 percentage point to 78.4 percent, a rate 1.9 percentage points below its long-run (1972--2011) average.
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Industrial Production Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 11.6 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 78.4% is still 1.9 percentage points below its average from 1972 to 2010 and below the pre-recession level of 80.6% in December 2007.

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

Capacity Utilization The second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production increased in November to 97.5. This is 17% above the recession low, but still 3.2% below the pre-recession peak.

IP was above expectations due to the bounce back following Hurricane Sandy. Overall IP has only up 2.5% year-over-year.

All current manufacturing graphs

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