Monday, November 30, 2009

Chicago Purchasing Managers Index Increases in November

by Calculated Risk on 11/30/2009 09:46:00 AM

From MarketWatch: CNov. Chicago PMI rises to 56.1%, a 15-month high

The business activity index rose to 56.1% in November from 54.2% in October. ... The employment index rose to 41.9% from 38.3% ...
Readings above 50% indicate expansion, and below 50% indicate contraction, so this suggests business activity is increasing, but employment is still declining.

This index is for both manufacturing and service activity in the Chicago region. In general the Chicago area is considered representative of the mix of manufacturing and non-manufacturing business activity in the nation.

The national ISM manufacturing index will be released tomorrow, and the ISM non-manufacturing index on Thursday.