Dallas Fed: "Texas Manufacturing Expansion Continues but Pace Slows"

From the Dallas Fed: Texas Manufacturing Expansion Continues but Pace Slows


Texas factory activity continued to expand in June, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose from 6.3 to 8.9, indicating output growth accelerated slightly from May.

Other measures of manufacturing activity exhibited mixed movements in June. The new orders index edged up to 3.7, a reading still below average. The growth rate of orders index fell eight points to -6.7, reaching its lowest reading in nearly three years. The capacity utilization index inched up to 9.6, while the shipments index retreated six points to 1.7, a two-year low. The capital expenditures index posted a double-digit decline, falling 11 points to 6.9, also a two-year low.

Perceptions of broader business conditions shifted down again in June. The general business activity index pushed further into negative territory as more firms noted worsened activity this month than last. The index declined from -5.3 to -12.1, hitting a three-year low. Similarly, the company outlook index fell from -1.7 to -5.5, also a three-year low. The index measuring uncertainty regarding companies’ outlooks pushed up to 21.6, its highest reading since the question was added to the survey in January 2018.

Labor market measures suggested solid, but somewhat slower, growth in employment and work hours in June. The employment index slipped from 11.6 to 8.8 but remained slightly above average.
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Another weak regional report. This was the worst reading for the general activity index since 2016.

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