Fed: Industrial Production increased 0.6% in May

From the Fed: Industrial production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production rose 0.6 percent in May after having declined 0.3 percent in April. The decrease in April was previously reported to have been 0.6 percent. Manufacturing output increased 0.6 percent in May after having moved down 0.1 percent in the previous month. In May, the output of mines gained 1.3 percent and the production of utilities decreased 0.8 percent. At 103.7 percent of its 2007 average, total industrial production in May was 4.3 percent above its level of a year earlier. The capacity utilization rate for total industry increased 0.2 percentage point in May to 79.1 percent, a rate that is 1.0 percentage point below its long-run (1972–2013) average.
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Capacity Utilization Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 12.2 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

Capacity utilization at 79.1% is 1.0 percentage points below its average from 1972 to 2012 and below the pre-recession level of 80.8% in December 2007.

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

Industrial Production The second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production increased 0.6% in May to 103.7. This is 23.8% above the recession low, and 2.9% above the pre-recession peak.

The monthly change for both Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization were above expectations – and April was revised up.

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