Industrial production declined 0.9% in August following six consecutive monthly gains. Hurricane Harvey is estimated to have reduced the rate of change in total output by roughly 0.75%. The index for manufacturing decreased 0.3%; storm-related effects appear to have reduced the rate of change in factory output in August about 0.75%. The manufacturing industries with the largest estimated storm-related effects were petroleum refining, organic chemicals, and plastics materials and resins.
Manufacturing output decreased 0.3% in August. A gain of 0.3% for durables was outweighed by decreases of 0.9% for both nondurables and other manufacturing (publishing and logging).