U.S. manufacturing is expaning at a slower pace

Source: ISM

Jun 23, 2011

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 22nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 24th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The PMI registered 53.5% and indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 22nd consecutive month. This month's index, however, registered 6.9 percentage points below the April reading of 60.4%, and is the first reading below 60% for 2011, as well as the lowest PMI reported for the past 12 months. Slower growth in new orders and production are the primary contributors to this month's lower PMI reading. Manufacturing employment continues to show good momentum for the year, as the Employment Index registered 58.2%, which is 4.5 percentage points lower than the 62.7% reported in April. Manufacturers continue to experience significant cost pressures from commodities and other inputs."

PERFORMANCE BY INDUSTRY

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 are reporting growth in May, in the following order: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Computer & Electronic Products; Textile Mills; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Primary Metals; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Paper Products; Chemical Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; and Fabricated Metal Products. The three industries reporting contraction in May are: Printing & Related Support Activities; Furniture & Related Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products.

MANUFACTURING AT A GLANCE
MAY 2011


Index
Series
Index
May
Series
Index
April
Percentage
Point
Change


Direction
Rate
of
Change

Trend*
(Months)
PMI 53.5 60.4 -6.9 Growing Slower 22
New Orders 51.0 61.7 -10.7 Growing Slower 23
Production 54.0 63.8 -9.8 Growing Slower 24
Employment 58.2 62.7 -4.5 Growing Slower 20
Supplier Deliveries 55.7 60.2 -4.5 Slowing Slower 24
Inventories 48.7 53.6 -4.9 Contracting From Growing 1
Customers' Inventories 39.5 40.5 -1.0 Too Low Faster 26
Prices 76.5 85.5 -9.0 Increasing Slower 23
Backlog of Orders 50.5 61.0 -10.5 Growing Slower 5
Exports 55.0 62.0 -7.0 Growing Slower 23
Imports 54.5 55.5 -1.0 Growing Slower 21
             
OVERALL ECONOMY Growing Slower 24
Manufacturing Sector Growing Slower 22
*Number of months moving in current direction.
Read the most recent Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
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