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Industrial Production Increased 0.9% in May

From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization

Industrial production rose 0.9 percent in May. Manufacturing output posted a similar gain of 0.9 percent after declining in the previous two months. The index for mining increased 0.3 percent in May, and the index for utilities advanced 1.6 percent. At 103.3 percent of its 2017 average, total industrial production in May was 0.4 percent higher than its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization moved up to 78.7 percent in May, a rate that is 0.9 percentage point below its long-run (1972–2023) average.
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Capacity UtilizationClick on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up from the record low set in April 2020, and above the level in February 2020 (pre-pandemic).

Capacity utilization at 78.7% is 0.9% below the average from 1972 to 2022.  This was above consensus expectations.

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 to 103.3. This is above the pre-pandemic level.

Industrial production was above consensus expectations.

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