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Manufacturing & The Economy

NAM Survey: Optimism Continues to Reign

Manufacturers continued to report solid growth in activity this quarter, with the sector remaining one of the brightest spots in the economy and hitting nine consecutive quarters of record optimism. As revealed in this first quarter 2019 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey from the National Association of Manufacturers, 89.5% of respondents said they felt either somewhat or very positive about their company’s outlook, up from 88.7% in the fourth quarter of 2018. While this represents a slightly lower level of confidence overall as compared to the all-time high reading in the second quarter of 2018 (95.1%), it nonetheless continues a streak of highly elevated levels of optimism since the end of 2016. 

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