U.S. industrial production rose 1.1% in October, recovering much of the spring decline caused by the virus pandemic
SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. industrial production rose 1.1% in October, recovering much of the spring decline caused by the virus pandemic.
It’s unclear what manufacturers will face in the coming months, but a sudden decline in demand, possibly combined with government-imposed restrictions on their operations due to the virus, could severely dampen industrial output.
A key category that reflects manufacturing output rose 1%, but is still about 5% below its level in February before the coronavirus outbreak swept through the U.S., closing businesses, factories and schools.
In October, industry operated at 72.8% of capacity, down from a reading of 77% of capacity a year ago.
Utilities’ output rose 3.9 percent, but output at mines fell 0.6 percent and is now 14.4 percent below where it was this time last year.
September’s number was revised upward from -0.6% to -0.4%. It remains the only decline since April’s 12.7% drop.