Indexes reflect newly released seasonal adjustment factors.
COMMODITIES REPORTED UP/DOWN IN PRICE and IN SHORT SUPPLY
Commodities Up in Price
Corrugated Containers(b); Electrical Components; Polypropylene(b); and Steel(b) (2).
Commodities Down in Price
Aluminum (4); Aluminum Extrusions; Copper (6); Corrugated Containers(b); Diesel Fuel (6); Gasoline (3); Natural Gas (6); Oil (2); Polyethylene (3); Polypropylene(b) (4); Scrap Metal (2); Stainless Steel (4); Stainless Steel Products (2); Steel(b) (5); and Steel — Cold Rolled.
Commodities in Short Supply
No commodities are reported in short supply.
Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.
(b) Reported as both up and down in price
JANUARY 2009 MANUFACTURING INDEX SUMMARIES
Manufacturing contracted in January as the PMI registered 35.6 percent, 2.7 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted 32.9 percent reported in December. This is the 12th consecutive month of contraction in the manufacturing sector. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally contracting.
A PMI in excess of 41.2 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the PMI indicates contraction in both the overall economy and the manufacturing sector. Ore stated, "The past relationship between the PMI and the overall economy indicates that the PMI for January (35.6 percent) corresponds to a 1.7 percent decline in real gross domestic product (GDP) on an annual basis."
THE LAST 12 MONTHS
|Jan 2009||35.6||Jul 2008||49.5|
|Dec 2008||32.9||Jun 2008||49.5|
|Oct 2008||38.7||Apr 2008||48.6|
|Sep 2008||43.4||Mar 2008||49.0|
|Aug 2008||49.3||Feb 2008||48.8|
Average for 12 months – 44.3
High – 49.5
Low – 32.9