Empire State Manufacturing Index Expands in November

Written by David Schollaert

Manufacturing growth in the state of New York saw a strong expansion rate in November compared to October, according to the Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index rose 11 points to 30.9 during the month.

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After falling by 15 points in October, the rebound in the headline index was a welcome sight as manufacturing activity grew at a solid clip in New York in November. Indices for new orders expanded by 28.8 points this month, up 4.5 from October, while shipments grew by 28.2 points, 19.3 points higher than last month.

Unfilled orders were slightly lower for the second straight month in November at 12.7, down 5.8 points. Delivery times remained significantly long but moved down 5.8 points to 32.2. The inventories index slipped modestly by 2.7 points to a reading of 9.3 points.

Prices paid strengthened for the second straight month after contracting slightly in August and September. Prices received rose month on month in November by 7.3 points to 83.0, while prices received rose by 7.3 to 50.8. The number of employees grew by 8.9 points to 26.0 in November, as did the average workweek index, expanding 7.8 points to 23.1.

The six-month outlook was less optimistic, down 15.1 points to 36.9, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said. New orders fell 16.6 points to a reading of 34.4, while shipments slipped 20.1 points to a measure of 32.2. Decreases in employment and prices are also expected in the coming months.

The capital expenditures index rose 3.2 points to 34.7 in November. The technology spending index was also up slightly month on month, edging up 1.1 points to a reading 28.0 in November.

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