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Industrial Production Increased 0.5 Percent in November


From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
Industrial production rose 0.5 percent in November. The indexes for both manufacturing and mining increased 0.7 percent, while the index for utilities decreased 0.8 percent.

At 102.3 percent of its 2017 average, total industrial production in November was 5.3 percent above its year-earlier level and at its highest reading since September 2019. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector increased 0.3 percentage point to 76.8 percent; even so, it was 2.8 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2020) 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 76.8% is 2.8% below the average from 1972 to 2020.  This was at 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 increased in November to 102.3. This is above the February 2020 level.

The change in industrial production was slightly below consensus expectations.

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