Friday, December 14, 2018

Industrial Production Increased 0.6% in November

by Calculated Risk on 12/14/2018 09:21:00 AM

From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production rose 0.6 percent in November after moving down 0.2 percent in October; the index for October was previously reported to have edged up 0.1 percent. In November, manufacturing production was unchanged, the output of mining increased 1.7 percent, and the index for utilities gained 3.3 percent. At 109.4 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 3.9 percent higher in November than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector rose 0.4 percentage point in November to 78.5 percent, a rate that is 1.3 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2017) average.
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Capacity Utilization Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 11.8 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 78.5% is 1.3% below the average from 1972 to 2017 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 ProductionThe second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production increased in November to 109.4. This is 26% above the recession low, and 4% above the pre-recession peak.

The increase in industrial production was above the consensus forecast, however the previous months were revised down.  Capacity utilization was at consensus.