Chicago Fed Manufacturing Index a Little Less Good in October 2011

October 31st, 2011
in econ_news

Econintersect: The Chicago Purchasing Managers index was less good in November 2011 but showed business expansion for the 25th consecutive month.  The press release noted this month that the 3 month moving average had contracted for the seventh consecutive month.

Econintersect notes that new orders also was less good - but far from contraction with 37% of the respondents saying orders were increasing, while 44% saying that new orders were about the same.


    • Employment is highest in 6 months
    • New Orders erased half of September's gain
    • Order Backlogs recovered from a 2 month contraction

Follow up:

26% of survey Participants thought order backlog was increasing, and 26% said backlog was decreasing (the rest saying no change).

This is a survey - and Econintersect has warned that surveys are opinion, and often are not supported by hard data. Further they are usually incorrect at economic turning points.

There is evidence of a weakening economy - but not a recessionary economy - in the results of this survey.

source: Chicago PMI


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