Posted October 4, 2022

Manufacturing slowed in September

Manufacturing slowed in September, as the Institute for Supply Management's monthly index fell to 50.9 percent, 1.9 percentage points lower than the 52.8 percent recorded in August.

This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the 28th month in a row after contraction in April and May 2020. The Manufacturing PMI figure is the lowest since May 2020, when it registered 43.5 percent.

“The U.S. manufacturing sector continues to expand, but at the lowest rate since the pandemic recovery began. Following four straight months of panelists’ companies reporting softening new orders rates, the September index reading reflects companies adjusting to potential future lower demand," said Timothy R. Fiore, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. 

The New Orders Index returned to contraction territory at 47.1 percent, 4.2 percentage points lower than the 51.3 percent recorded in August.

The New Export Orders Index contracted at 47.8 percent, down 1.6 percentage points compared to August’s figure of 49.4 percent. This is the index’s lowest reading since June 2020, when it registered 47.6 percent.

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