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Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose from −12 to 1 in August
Posted: August 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity was moderate in August, according to the most recent survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index rose from −12 in July to 1 in August, buoyed by increases in the indexes for shipments and new orders. However, the third component, employment, fell. Firms reported increasing ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index fell from 2 to -12 in July
Posted: July 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity weakened in July, according to the most recent survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index fell from 2 in June to −12 in July, its lowest reading since January 2013, as all three components — shipments, new orders, and employment — registered declines. Backlogs of orders also fell, reaching a value ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index dropped slightly from 5 to 3 in June
Posted: June 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity changed little in June, according to the most recent survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index dropped slightly from 5 in May to 3 in June, resulting from a drop in the employment index, while the other two components, shipments and new orders rose slightly. Most firms reported some improvement ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index inched up from 3 to 5 in May
Posted: May 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Wednesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity was moderate in May, according to the most recent survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index inched up from 3 in April to 5 in May, as shipments and new orders had fairly flat reading and the third component, employment, remained positive. Firms reported growth in spending ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index fell from 10 to 3 in April
Posted: April 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity moderated in April, according to the latest survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index fell from 10 in March to 3 in April, weighed down by slightly negative readings in the indexes for both shipments and new orders but buoyed by a positive reading for the third component index, employment. Firms ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index fell from 16 to 10 in March
Posted: March 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity grew moderately in March, according to the latest survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index fell from 16 in February to 10 in March but remained in expansionary territory. The fall came from drops in both the shipments and new orders indexes, but the third component, employment, increased. Firms ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose from −2 to 16 in February
Posted: February 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity strengthened in February, according to the latest survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index rose from −2 in January to 16 in February, buoyed by increases in the indexes for shipments and new orders. The employment index fell slightly in February but remained in expansionary territory. Meanwhile, ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose from −8 to −2 in January
Posted: January 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Wednesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity was soft in January, according to the latest survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index rose from −8 in December to −2 in January but continued to indicate weak growth. The rise from December came from increases in the component indexes of employment and shipments, although the shipments index ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index dropped from 14 to −8 in December
Posted: December 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Wednesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity weakened in December, according to the latest survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite index dropped from 14 in November to −8 in December, weighed down by drops in the indexes for new orders and shipments. At −25, the shipments index was its lowest reading since April 2009. However, the third ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index slipped from 15 to 14 in November
Posted: November 28, 2018 at 10:20 AM (Wednesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity grew moderately in November, according to results of the most recent survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index slipped from 15 in October to 14 in November, pulled down by drops in the indexes for new orders and employment, while the other component, the index for shipments, ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index fell from 29 to 15 in October
Posted: October 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity expanded moderately in October, according to the results from the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index fell from 29 in September to 15 in August, as indexes for shipments and new orders dropped, while the third component, employment, rose. However, survey ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose from 24 to 29 in September
Posted: September 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity was robust in September, according to results of the most recent survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index rose from 24 in August to 29 in September, buoyed by increases in shipments and new orders, while the index of the third component, employment, dropped. Survey respondents ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index from 20 to 24 in August
Posted: August 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity expanded in August, according to results of the most recent survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index rose from 20 in July to 24 in August, as all three components (shipments, new orders, and employment) increased. Respondents remained optimistic in August, expecting growth ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index fell from 21 to 20 in July
Posted: July 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in July, according to results of the most recent survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite manufacturing index fell from 21 in June to 20 in July, but it remained in solid expansionary territory. This decrease resulted from a decrease in the employment and ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose from 16 to 20 in June
Posted: June 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing continued to expand in June, according to results of the most recent survey from the Richmond Fed. The composite manufacturing index rose from 16 in May to 20 in June, buoyed by an increase in all three components (shipments, new orders, and employment). Firms also saw an increase in backlog of orders, as the ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rebounded from -3 to 16 in May
Posted: May 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing firms saw robust growth in May, according to survey results from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index swung from −3 in April to 16 in May, boosted by growth in the indexes for shipments, new orders, and employment. Local business conditions also moved back into expansionary territory, ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index dropped sharply from 15 to −3 in April
Posted: April 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Results of the most recent survey from the Richmond Fed suggest that Fifth District manufacturing activity slowed in April. The composite index dropped sharply from 15 in March to −3 in April, its first negative reading since September 2016. The index was weighed down by a contraction in shipments and new orders; however, its third ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index dropped from 28 to 15 in March
Posted: March 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in March, according to the most recent survey results from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index dropped from a particularly strong reading of 28 in February to 15 in March as each of the three components (shipments, new orders, and employment) fell. However, for each ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index jumped from 14 to 28 in February
Posted: February 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing firms saw robust growth in February, according to the results from the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite manufacturing index jumped from 14 in January to 28 in February, the second highest value on record, driven by increases in shipments, orders, and employment. The wages ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index moved down from 20 to 14
Posted: January 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

According to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Fifth District manufacturing firms saw slower growth in January, even as each of the expansion metrics remained positive. The composite index moved down from 20 to 14. This decrease resulted from a decline in the metrics for both shipments and employment. The third ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index moved down to 20 from 30
Posted: December 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

According to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Fifth District manufacturing firms saw moderate growth in December. The composite index moved down from its record high November reading of 30 to 20 but remained positive, indicating continued growth. The decrease in the composite index resulted from declines in the ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index jumped from 12 to 30
Posted: November 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Manufacturing firms reported robust growth in November, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index jumped from 12 to 30, the highest it has been since 1993. This rise was bolstered by strengthening conditions across all three components of the index. While indicators of current wages and ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index fell from 22 to 9
Posted: October 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Reports on Fifth District manufacturing activity remained positive in October, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index dropped, affected by a notable decline in the shipments index, which fell from 22 to 9, but it remained positive across all components, indicating continued growth. While ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose from 14 to 19
Posted: September 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Reports on Fifth District manufacturing activity improved in September, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

The composite manufacturing index rose from 14 to 19, supported by a sizable increase in the index for shipments — which, at a reading of 22, is the highest it has been since December 2010 — and a smaller rise in the index for new orders. The third component of the ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index unchanged at a reading of 14
Posted: August 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Reports on Fifth District manufacturing activity were largely unchanged in August, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index remained at 14 in August, with an increase in the employment index offsetting a decrease in the shipments index and a very slight decline in the new orders metric. ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose 3 points to a reading of 14
Posted: July 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Reports from Fifth District manufacturers improved some in July, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index rose from 11 in June to 14 in July — the result of a slight increase in the measures of new orders and employment. The index for shipments remained at its June reading of 13. A larger share ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index rose 6 points to a reading of 7
Posted: June 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Reports from Fifth District manufacturers improved in June, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite manufacturing index rose from 1 in May to 7 in June, as the indexes for shipments and new orders increased. The employment index was relatively flat. Most firms continued to report steady or ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index lost 19 points to a reading of 1
Posted: May 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Manufacturers in the Fifth District were somewhat less upbeat in May than in the prior three months, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The index for shipments and the index for new orders decreased notably, with the shipments index falling to slightly below 0. The index for employment was relatively flat, ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index lost 2 points to a reading of 20
Posted: April 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Manufacturers in the Fifth District were upbeat again in April, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The index for shipments rose and the index for new orders remained very strong. Even though the index for employment fell, the composite index for manufacturing remained high, with a reading of 20 in ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 5 points to a reading of 22
Posted: March 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Manufacturers in the Fifth District were generally upbeat in March, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The index for shipments and new orders both rose and employment gains were more common. This improvement led to a composite index for manufacturing that rose from 17 in February to 22 in March — the ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 5 points to a reading of 17
Posted: February 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity expanded in February, as shipments increased and the volume of new orders rose broadly, according to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Employment gains were more common and longer workweeks prevailed. Wage increases were more widespread. Prices paid for inputs rose more rapidly than ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 4 points to a reading of 12
Posted: January 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity strengthened in January, with continued growth in new shipments and the volume of new orders. Employment picked up, although increases in average manufacturing wages were less widespread than in December. The average workweek continued to grow, but increases were less prevalent in January than a month ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 4 points to a reading of 8
Posted: December 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity expanded in December. The volume of new orders picked up compared to last month and shipments increased. Manufacturing employment softened, while wage increases were more widespread across firms. Prices of raw materials rose more quickly in December, while prices of finished goods rose at a somewhat ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 8 points to a reading of 4
Posted: November 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity expanded in November, after a three-month contraction period. New orders increased in the most recent survey period, while shipments remained flat. Hiring activity continued to strengthen mildly across firms and wage increases were more widespread. Prices of raw materials and finished goods rose at a ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 4 points to a reading of -4
Posted: October 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity remained sluggish in October, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. New orders and backlogs decreased this month, while shipments flattened. Hiring activity strengthened mildly across firms and wage increases were more widespread. Prices of raw materials and ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 3 points to a reading of -8
Posted: September 27, 2016 at 10:17 AM (Tuesday)

Manufacturing activity in the Fifth District continued to soften in September, but somewhat less so than in August, according to the Richmond Fed's latest survey. New orders and shipments decreased this month at a slower pace, while backlogs decreased at about the same pace as last month. Hiring activity weakened across firms and wage ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index declined 21 points to a reading of -11
Posted: August 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity declined in August, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. New orders and shipments decreased this month, while backlogs fell. Hiring increases in the sector expanded modestly across firms, and wage increases were more widespread. Raw materials prices rose at a ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index climbed 20 points to a reading of 10
Posted: July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity improved in July, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.* New orders and shipments increased this month, while backlogs flattened. Employment rose modestly, while firms continue to report wage increases. Prices of raw materials and finished goods rose at a slower pace ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index dropped 6 points to a reading of -7
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity weakened in June, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. New orders and shipments declined this month, while backlogs decreased further compared to last month. Manufacturing employment softened, while firms continued to increase wages. Prices of raw materials rose ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index dropped 9 points to a reading of -1
Posted: May 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity slowed in May, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shipments and backlogs decreased, and order backlogs flattened this month. Manufacturing hiring rose modestly, while average wages continued to increase at a moderate pace. Prices of raw materials and finished ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index slipped 8 points to a reading of 14
Posted: April 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity continued to expand in April, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shipments and the volume of new orders remained solid. New hiring increased modestly, while the average workweek lengthened and average wage increases moderated. Prices of raw materials and finished ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index climbed 26 points to a reading of 22
Posted: March 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity expanded in March, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shipments and the volume of new orders increased this month. Employment advanced at a slightly faster pace in March, while average wages grew moderately and the average workweek lengthened. Prices of raw ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index softened 6 points to a reading of −4
Posted: February 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity slowed in February, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shipments and the volume of new orders decreased modestly this month. Manufacturing hiring continued to increase at a modest pace, while average wages grew mildly and the average workweek lengthened ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index lost 4 points to a reading of 2
Posted: January 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity grew mildly in January, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The volume of new orders grew modestly this month, although shipments decreased. Hiring increased at a slightly slower pace compared to last month, although average wages continued to increase at a ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 9 points to a reading of 6
Posted: December 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity grew modestly in December, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The volume of new orders picked up in December, while shipments flattened. Manufacturing employment strengthened this month and average wages rose moderately, while the average workweek lengthened. ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index lost 2 points to a reading of -3
Posted: November 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity slowed in November, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shipments remained sluggish and new orders declined. Hiring in the sector changed little compared to the previous month, while the average workweek shortened and wages rose mildly. Raw materials prices rose at ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 4 points to a reading of -1
Posted: October 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity remained soft in October, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Order backlogs and shipments declined, while new orders leveled off. Manufacturing employment remained soft, growing at the same pace as a month ago. The average workweek shortened and average wages ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index lost 5 points to a reading of -5
Posted: September 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity slowed in September, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Order backlogs and new orders decreased, while shipments declined. Average wages continued to increase at a moderate pace this month, however manufacturing employment grew mildly. Prices of raw materials ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index dropped 13 points to a reading of 0
Posted: August 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity slowed in August, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Shipments and order backlogs decreased, while new orders flattened this month. Manufacturing hiring softened this month; however, average wages continued to increase at a moderate pace. Prices of raw materials ...


Richmond Fed's Current Activity Index gained 7 points to a reading of 13
Posted: July 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM (Tuesday)

Fifth District manufacturing activity increased moderately in July, according to the most recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.* Shipments and new orders picked up this month, and order backlogs also strengthened. Manufacturing employment softened this month, and average wages continued to increase at a moderate pace. Prices ...



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