ISM Manufacturing Index - Manufacturing Hiring, first time, in October

The ISM Manufacturing Report is out. PMI is at 55.7%.

The biggest element to note in the survey is the 6.9% jump in employment for manufacturing to 53.1. While inventories are still contracting, this implies firms are finally ramping up with new production. The employment index has been below 50 (which means contracting) for over a year.

Before you get your panties all in a bunch, bear in mind these companies will first call back laid off workers and manufacturing has lost millions of jobs. Also note new orders is down from last month, although still expanding.

 

MANUFACTURING AT A GLANCE OCTOBER 2009

Index

Series
Index
Oct.
Series
Index
Sept.
%
Point
Change

Direction

Rate
of
Change
Trend*
(Mon.)
PMI 55.7 52.6 +3.1 Growing Faster 3
New Orders 58.5 60.8 -2.3 Growing Slower 4
Production 63.3 55.7 +7.6 Growing Faster 5
Employment 53.1 46.2 +6.9 Growing From Contracting 1
Supplier Deliveries 56.9 58.0 -1.1 Slowing Slower 5
Inventories 46.9 42.5 +4.4 Contracting Slower 42
Customers' Inventories 38.5 39.0 -0.5 Too Low Faster 7
Prices 65.0 63.5 +1.5 Increasing Faster 4
Backlog of Orders 53.5 53.5 0.0 Growing Same 3
Exports 55.5 55.0 +0.5 Growing Faster 4
Imports 51.0 52.0 -1.0 Growing Slower 2
             
OVERALL ECONOMY Growing Faster 6
Manufacturing Sector Growing Faster 3

 

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It's the levels.

 

That's a big hole to fill and this is just manufacturing. But this also shows something else. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice reminder Rebel. And when these idiots claim it's all due to technological advances in productivity, I"d just like to scream. We all know that cheap labor enters into productivity equations, it's wage/hr. in these equations...
so offshore outsource production, wala, productivity magically goes up because they are unfortunately attributing production overseas to U.S. domestic production in productivity calculations. (due to global supply chain, components).

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