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Manufacturing Activity Advances in September

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (09/22/20)

Mid-Atlantic manufacturing activity improved in September, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The composite index climbed from 18 in August to 21 in September, buoyed by increases in the indicators for new orders and employment. The third component index—shipments—decreased but remained positive, suggesting continued expansion. Survey results also reflected improvement in local business conditions and increased capital spending. Overall, respondents were optimistic that conditions would continue to improve in the next six months.

Results reflected higher employment among many survey participants in September and suggested several manufacturers raised wages over the month. Firms struggled to find workers with the necessary skills. Respondents expected to see a continued rise in employment and wages.

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