Monday, December 16, 2013

Fed: Industrial Production increased 1.1% in November, Above Pre-recession Peak

by Calculated Risk on 12/16/2013 09:15:00 AM

From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production increased 1.1 percent in November after having edged up 0.1 percent in October; output was previously reported to have declined 0.1 percent in October. The gain in November was the largest since November 2012, when production rose 1.3 percent. Manufacturing output increased 0.6 percent in November for its fourth consecutive monthly gain. Production at mines advanced 1.7 percent to more than reverse a decline of 1.5 percent in October. The index for utilities was up 3.9 percent in November, as colder-than-average temperatures boosted demand for heating. At 101.3 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production was 3.2 percent above its year-earlier level. In November, industrial production surpassed for the first time its pre-recession peak of December 2007 and was 21 percent above its trough of June 2009. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector increased 0.8 percentage point in November to 79.0 percent, a rate 1.2 percentage points below its long-run (1972-2012) average.
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Capacity Utilization Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 12.0 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 79.0% is still 1.2 percentage points below its average from 1972 to 2012 and below 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 1.1% in November to 101.3. This is 21% above the recession low, and slightly above the pre-recession peak.

The monthly change for both Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization were above expectations. The consensus was for a 0.6% increase in Industrial Production in November, and for Capacity Utilization to be at 78.4%.