Midwest’s Manufacturing Output Flat in June, but Regional Data Better than Nation Overall

Orders for U.S. manufactured goods fell 2.1 percent in June across the country, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, worsening fears the nation’s economy remains stuck in a rut.

In the Midwest, manufacturing data was more mixed.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago said its Midwest Manufacturing Index fell 0.1 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted level of 84.0, a mark essentially unchanged from May. Gains in the steel and machinery sectors offset a 1.3 percent decline in auto sector production.

The steel and machinery sectors increased output by 1.7 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively, according to the Chicago Fed.

Overall, regional output rose 7.1 percent from June 2010 levels and national output increased 4.1 percent year over year.

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