12/5: MetroIntelligence Economic Update by P. DUFFY

October construction spending jumps at highest rate in five months

October construction spending increased 1.4 percent to $1.24 trillion, the swiftest advance in five months. Outlays on public construction projects jumped 3.9 percent, the largest gain since 2014. Spending on state and local government construction projects climbed 3.3 percent, while federal government construction spending soared 11.1 percent.

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Source: United States Census Bureau

 

Factory goods orders fall 0.1 percent in October after two months of strong growth

Orders for U.S. manufactured goods fell 0.1% to a seasonally adjusted $479.6 billion in October after two straight months of strong growth. Excluding transportation, a volatile part of the overall reading, factory orders were up 0.8% in October from the previous month. Orders were up 0.2% in the same time frame when excluding defense spending, another volatile part of factory orders figures.

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Source: United States Census Bureau

 

Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index dipped slightly in October to 53.9

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit final US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index™ (PMI™) registered 53.9 in November, down from 54.6 in October. The latest index reading signalled robust, albeit slower, overall growth in the manufacturing sector. The latest upturn was in line with the long-run series average.

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Source: IHS Markit

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