October U.S. Industrial Production Declines 0.8%, Most Since April 2016

Industrial production fell 0.8 percent in October after declining 0.3 percent in September. Manufacturing production decreased 0.6 percent in October. Much of this decline was due to a drop of 7.1 percent in the output of motor vehicles and parts that resulted from a strike at a major manufacturer of motor vehicles. The decreases for total industrial production, manufacturing, and motor vehicles and parts were their largest since May 2018, April 2019, and January 2019, respectively.

Excluding motor vehicles and parts, the index for total industrial production moved down 0.5 percent, and the index for manufacturing edged down 0.1 percent. Mining production decreased 0.7 percent, while utilities output fell 2.6 percent.

At 108.7 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 1.1 percent lower in October than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector decreased 0.8 percentage point in October to 76.7 percent, a rate that is 3.1 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2018) average. – Federal Reserve Board

Industrial Production

Industrial Production

Though home electronics declined -1.6 percent in October the index is still up 10.6 percent year-on-year.

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Computer and electronics products were down -0.5 percent for the month,  electronic equipment, appliance, and components dow -1.2 percent.  Aerospace down -0.7 percent.

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