Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Richmond Fed: "Fifth District Manufacturing Activity Expanded Moderately in October"

by Bill McBride on 10/23/2018 10:04:00 AM

From the Richmond Fed: Fifth District Manufacturing Activity Expanded Moderately in October

Fifth District manufacturing activity expanded moderately in October, according to the results from the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index fell from 29 in September to 15 in [October], as indexes for shipments and new orders dropped, while the third component, employment, rose. However, survey respondents were optimistic, expecting to see positive growth across most measures in the coming months.

While the employment index rose in October, the indexes for wages and workweek dropped but remained positive, indicating continued but weaker growth. Firms were unable to find workers with skills they needed, as the skills index dropped to an all-time low of −22. Respondents expect this struggle to continue in the next six months.
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Still solid, but slower growth in October.