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For immediate release
Contact: Katherine Dibling, Senior Media Representative, (215) 574-4119
Regional manufacturing activity grew slightly in May, according to the respondents to the Business Outlook Survey. Nearly all of the survey’s broadest indicators remained positive but fell from their readings in April. The diffusion index of current activity decreased to 3.9 from 18.5 in April.
The current employment index, however, showed resilience and improved this month. Indicators for prices fell back somewhat from their relatively high readings of recent months but still suggest considerable price pressure. The survey's indicators of future activity fell sharply this month, reflecting consensus about future growth.
This survey, which was started in 1968, gathers information on the manufacturing industry in the Third Federal Reserve District covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The survey asks about the current pace of business in the participants' plants and their future expectations of business.
To arrange an interview, contact Katherine Dibling, the Bank's senior media representative, at (215) 574-4119. The next Business Outlook Survey will be released at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2011, and will be made available on our website and over Businesswire. The aggregate historical data series is also available on the Bank’s website.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. It is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.