Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey
The Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey is a monthly survey of manufacturers in the Third Federal Reserve District. Participants indicate the direction of change in overall business activity and in the various measures of activity at their plants: employment, working hours, new and unfilled orders, shipments, inventories, delivery times, prices paid, and prices received. The survey has been conducted each month since May 1968.
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Last updated: March 16, 2023, 8:30 AM EST
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Useful background information about the survey was published in the Business Review: September/October 1998 and Fourth Quarter 2003.
Archives: PDF versions of the Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey are available for download in ZIP archives.