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Industrial Production Increased 0.8 Percent in May

From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

Total industrial production increased 0.8 percent in May. Manufacturing production advanced 0.9 percent, reflecting, in part, a large gain in motor vehicle assemblies; factory output excluding motor vehicles and parts increased 0.5 percent. The indexes for mining and utilities rose 1.2 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

In May, at 99.9 percent of its 2017 average, total industrial production was 16.3 percent higher than it was a year earlier but 1.4 percent lower than its pre-pandemic (February 2020) level. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector rose 0.6 percentage point in May to 75.2 percent, a rate that is 4.4 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2020) average.
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Capacity Utilization Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up from the record low set in April, but still below the level in February 2020.

Capacity utilization at 75.2% is 4.4% below the average from 1972 to 2020.

Note: y-axis doesn’t start at zero to better show the change.

Industrial ProductionThe second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production increased in May to 106.3. This is 1.4% below the February 2020 level.

The change in industrial production was below consensus expectations.

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