November U.S. Industrial Production Falls for Second Straight Month

Economists had forecasted a 0.1% increase.
Industrial Production August 2020

U.S. industrial production fell for a second straight month in November, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monthly report released Dec. 15.

Total industrial production decreased 0.2% in November, falling short of the 0.1% increase forecasted in an economist survey from The Wall Street Journal. The figure follows a 0.1% decline in October and a robust 0.4% increase in September.

Capacity utilization — which reflects limits to operations in U.S. factories, mines and utilities — also dropped for a second straight month, checking in at 79.7% in November. Capacity utilization was 79.9% in October, which was down from 80.3% in September.

Decreases of 0.6% in manufacturing and 0.7% in mining accounted for the decline in industrial production, according to the report, though they were partially offset by a 3.6% increase in utilities, which rebounded after three consecutive months of decline.

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