June 2022 Nonmanufacturing Business Outlook Survey
Note: Survey responses were collected from June 6 to June 15.
Nonmanufacturing activity in the region expanded this month, according to the firms responding to the June Nonmanufacturing Business Outlook Survey. The indexes for general activity at the firm level, sales/revenues, new orders, and full-time employment all increased this month. The prices paid and prices received indexes increased, with the prices paid index reaching a new all-time high. The respondents continued to anticipate growth over the next six months.
Current Indexes Remain Positive
The diffusion index for current general activity at the firm level edged up from a reading of 22.8 in May to 24.7 this month (see Chart 1). More than 46 percent of the firms reported increases in activity, and 21 percent reported decreases. The new orders index increased 12 points, from near neutral to 15.5 this month, more than recovering its decline in May. Over 33 percent of the firms reported increases in new orders (up from 23 percent last month), exceeding the 18 percent that reported decreases (little changed). The sales/revenues index also improved this month, increasing 18 points to 26.2. More than 47 percent of the responding firms reported increases in sales/revenues, while 21 percent reported decreases. However, the regional activity index dropped 19 points to 4.6.
Employment Indicators Strengthen
The firms reported overall increases in full- and part-time employment this month. The full-time employment index rose 12 points to a reading of 27.7 in June, its highest reading since March 2019. The share of firms reporting increases (33 percent) was higher than the share reporting decreases (5 percent). More than 58 percent of the firms reported steady full-time employment levels. The part-time employment index rose 7 points to 21.7.
Firms Continue to Report Overall Price Increases
The prices paid and prices received indexes increased this month. The prices paid index recorded a new all-time high, increasing 7 points to 80.0 (see Chart 2). Eighty percent of the respondents reported higher input prices, 16 percent reported no change, and none reported decreases. Regarding prices for the firms’ own goods and services, the prices received index increased from 30.6 to 33.6. The share of firms reporting increases in prices received (38 percent) exceeded the share reporting decreases (5 percent). More than 48 percent of the firms reported no change in prices for their own goods and services.
Firms Report Higher Sales/Revenues and Constraints
In this month’s special questions, the firms were asked to estimate their total sales/revenues growth for the second quarter ending this month compared with the first quarter of 2022. The share of firms reporting expected increases in second-quarter sales/revenues (63 percent) was greater than the share reporting decreases (24 percent). The firms were also asked about factors constraining business operations in the current quarter. Most firms indicated labor supply (84 percent), supply chains (79 percent), and energy markets (73 percent) as constraints to some degree. Looking ahead over the next three months, 56 percent and 42 percent of the firms expect labor supply impacts and supply chain impacts, respectively, to stay the same, while 59 percent expect energy market impacts to worsen.
Firms Continue to Anticipate Growth
Both future activity indexes declined but continue to suggest that firms anticipate growth over the next six months. The diffusion index for future activity at the firm level fell from a reading of 34.2 in May to 21.2 this month (see Chart 1). Over 46 percent of the firms expect an increase in activity at their firms over the next six months, compared with 25 percent that expect decreases and 27 percent that expect no change. The future regional activity index fell sharply but remained positive, declining 23 points to 7.8.
Responses to this month’s Nonmanufacturing Business Outlook Survey suggest expansion in nonmanufacturing activity in the region. The indicators for firm-level general activity, new orders, sales/revenues, and full-time employment all rose. Both price indexes remain above long-run averages. Although the future indexes declined, the responding firms continue to expect growth over the next six months overall.
Special Questions (June 2022)
|An increase of:||% of firms||Subtotals|
|10% or more||14.8||% of firms reporting an increase: 63.0|
|A decline of:|
|0-5%||11.1||% of firms reporting a decrease: 24.1|
|10% or more||5.6|
Not at all
|COVID-19 mitigation measures||42.9||44.6||7.1||5.4|
Stay the same
|COVID-19 mitigation measures||8.6||69.0||22.4|
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