Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information & Updates for Manufacturers

“Sluggish” NYS Manufacturing


The Federal Reserve’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey fell 3 points in September, but remained in positive territory at 2.0 indicating “sluggish “ growth (a reading above 0.0 signals expansion).  The forward-looking indicator dropped 12 points to 13.7 points suggesting a significant downturn in optimism for 1Q2020 among NYS manufacturers responding.  “Capital spending plans weakened markedly“ to the lowest level in 3 years, according to the survey while price increases accelerated for inputs and finished goods.