Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Survey: June 2011

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, like other district FRBs (New York, Philadelphia, Richmond and Dallas), tracks its region’s manufacturing activity by surveying a number of important indicators such as general activity, production, shipments, orders, employment and prices for raw materials and finished products.

The latest results are indicating that the manufacturing expansion bounced back notably from last months weak reading rising to 14 from a level of 1 a month earlier while the employee index increased to 17 and the prices paid for raw materials increased to 16.

The following chart plots the seasonally adjusted Composite index since 2001 with the solid red line indicating the threshold between expansion and contraction.