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September marks 14 consecutive months of growth for manufacturing and 17 consecutive months of growth for the overall economy.
According to the report, manufacturing continues to experience a stronger recovery than other sectors of the economy, but the rate of recovery is slowing. Production also continues to outpace growth in new orders.
Thirteen of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth in September, including: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Primary Metals; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Transportation Equipment; Computer & Electronic Products; Furniture & Related Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Chemical Products; Paper Products; Machinery; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The three industries reporting contraction in September are: Wood Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; and Nonmetallic Mineral Products.