Manufacturing Activity April 2012
Decline in March Amid a Strong First Quarter
Dan Meckstroth says that manufacturing production declined somewhat in March but this setback occurred following a surge in production during December, January, and February. In this audio report, MAPI’s Chief Economist discusses the manufacturing labor market, orders, production by industry, factory utilization, prices, and trade. He also reviews the forecast for manufacturing production for 2012 and 2013.
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