Widget Image
Follow PPD Social Media
Follow Us:
Monday, February 17, 2020
HomeNewsEconomyFifth District Manufacturing Growth Slows, But Expansion Remains Solid in July

Fifth District Manufacturing Growth Slows, But Expansion Remains Solid in July

An American Flag flying in front of a U.S. manufacturing factory. (Photo: AdobeStock)
An American Flag flying in front of a U.S. manufacturing factory. (Photo: AdobeStock)

An American Flag flying in front of a U.S. manufacturing factory. (Photo: AdobeStock)

The Richmond Federal Reserve’s Fifth District Manufacturing Survey expanded at a slower pace in July, but growth in regional factory activity remains solid. The composite manufacturing index fell from 21 in June to 20 in July.

The decrease was fueled by a decline in the employment and shipments indexes, even as the other component (new orders) remained unchanged. Firms were optimistic in July, expecting to see robust growth across most indicators in the coming months.

Manufacturing employment growth slowed in July, as the employment index fell from 23 in June to 22 in July. As People’s Pundit Daily (PPD) has repeatedly reported, manufacturing firms are no longer concerned about the tax and regulatory environment.

Instead they continue to struggle to find skilled workers they need and expect this struggle with the skills gap to continue over the next 6 months.

Though both increased, manufacturing firms reported that the gap between growth in prices paid and prices received narrowed for the month. Respondents expect growth in prices received to continue to accelerate in coming months. However, they expect the growth in prices paid to slow.

Written by
Staff Writing Group

PPD Business, the economy-reporting arm of People's Pundit Daily, is "making sense of current events." We are a no-holds barred, news reporting pundit of, by, and for the people.

No comments

leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You have %%pigeonMeterAvailable%% free %%pigeonCopyPage%% remaining this month. Get unlimited access and support reader-funded, independent data journalism.

Start a 14-day free trial now. Pay later!

Start Trial