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Industrial Production Decreased 0.2 Percent in August


From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
Industrial production decreased 0.2 percent in August. Manufacturing output edged up 0.1 percent after increasing 0.6 percent in July. The index for mining was unchanged, and the index for utilities decreased 2.3 percent. At 104.5 percent of its 2017 average, total industrial production in August was 3.7 percent above its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization declined 0.2 percentage point in August to 80.0 percent, a rate that is 0.4 percentage point above its long-run (1972–2021) average.
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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 80.0% is 0.4% above the average from 1972 to 2021.  This was below consensus expectations.

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

The second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production decreased in August to 104.5. This is above the pre-pandemic level.

The change in industrial production was below consensus expectations.

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