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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Softened in February

by Calculated Risk on 2/25/2020 10:13:00 AM

From the Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Softened in February

Fifth District manufacturing activity softened in February, according to the most recent survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index fell from 20 in January to −2 in February. All three components of the composite index — shipments, new orders, and employment — moved lower from January. Firms also reported a decrease in backlog of orders. Still, the index for local business conditions remained positive, and manufacturers were optimistic that activity would improve in the coming months.

Survey results suggest that firms saw continued growth in employment and wages in February. However firms continued to struggle to find workers with the necessary skills, as this index dropped to −35.
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