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Industrial Production Skyrockets in April, Gains Double Expectations

Workers box jars of pasta sauce at a plant run by Chelten House Products in Bridgeport, New Jersey July 27, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

Federal Reserve Report Shows Underlying Strength in Manufacturing Sector, Largest Gain in 3 Years

Workers box jars of pasta sauce at a plant run by Chelten House Products in Bridgeport, New Jersey July 27, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

Workers box jars of pasta sauce at a plant run by Chelten House Products in Bridgeport, New Jersey July 27, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that U.S. industrial production surged in April by a  stronger-than-forecast 1.0%, more than double the median forecast. The gains were widespread and more than enough to erase and reverse the contraction measured in March, which was revised up to show a 0.4% gain.

April manufacturing output was up 1.7% from the same month a year earlier.

Industrial production–which measures output at factories, mines and utilities–soared to the largest gain in more than 3 years. Manufacturing output, the biggest component of industrial production, also showed its strongest gain in more than 3 years, pushing the index to a post-recession high.

Capacity use, a measure of slack in the economy, increased 0.6% to 76.7%, topping the 76.3% forecast. Nevertheless, it’s below the average 79.9%, indicating that the manufacturing sector is currently operating at less than full capacity.

The volatile mining sector index, which includes oil and natural gas extraction, gained 1.2% in April and was up 7.3% on the year. Utility output, which is impacted by weather, increased 0.7% from April but was down 0.5% from a year earlier.

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