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Manufacturing & The Economy

Mid-Atlantic Region Factory Activity Accelerates in May

The index for current manufacturing activity in the mid-Atlantic region increased from a reading of 22.0 in April to 38.8 this month. The index has been positive for 10 consecutive months. This month, the index recovered some of the declines of the previous two months, but it still remains slightly below its high reading of 43.3 in February. According to the Philadelphia Fed, 51% of the firms indicated increases in activity in May, while 13% reported decreases. The current new orders and shipments indexes remained at high readings. The shipments index increased 16 points, while the new orders index declined 2 points. Both the delivery times and unfilled orders indexes were positive for the seventh consecutive month, suggesting longer delivery times and increases in unfilled orders. 

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