Monday, December 15, 2014

Fed: Industrial Production increased 1.3% in November

by Bill McBride on 12/15/2014 09:15:00 AM

From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production increased 1.3 percent in November after edging up in October; output is now reported to have risen at a faster pace over the period from June through October than previously published. In November, manufacturing output increased 1.1 percent, with widespread gains among industries. The rise in factory output was well above its average monthly pace of 0.3 percent over the previous five months and was its largest gain since February. In November, the output of utilities jumped 5.1 percent, as weather that was colder than usual for the month boosted demand for heating. The index for mining decreased 0.1 percent. At 106.7 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in November was 5.2 percent above its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector increased 0.8 percentage point in November to 80.1 percent, a rate equal to its long-run (1972–2013) average.
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Capacity Utilization Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 13.2 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 80.1% is is at the average from 1972 to 2012 and near the pre-recession level of 80.8% in December 2007.

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

Industrial Production The second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production increased 1.3% in November to 106.7. This is 27.4% above the recession low, and 5.9% above the pre-recession peak.

This was a strong report - with upward revisions to prior months - and well above expectations.