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Friday, May 15, 2009

Empire State Manufacturing Survey: Conditions worsened modestly in May

by Calculated Risk on 5/15/2009 08:36:00 AM

From the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that conditions for New York manufacturers worsened only modestly in May. Although negative, the general business conditions index rose 10 points to -4.6, its highest level since August of last year. The new orders index fell several points and remained below zero, while the shipments index inched into positive territory. The inventories index remained negative, but rose from last month’s record low. Price indexes also continued to be negative, with the prices received index falling 10 points to a record low. Employment indexes indicated further contraction in employment levels and in the average workweek.
Here is the general business conditions index. Note that the data only goes back to July 2001 (chart to Jan 2002). Any reading below zero is contraction, so this index shows manufacturing is contracting - but "only modestly" in May.

NY Fed General business Conditions