Monday, January 6, 2020

Manufacturing numbers not looking so great

American manufacturing activity contracted last month more than it had in a decade, data released Friday showed, a sign that economic damage from President Trump’s trade war could linger even after the United States and China sign an initial trade deal. 
An index published by the Institute for Supply Management dropped to 47.2 in December, the lowest reading since June 2009 and the fifth straight month of contraction. A reading below 50 indicates the manufacturing sector is contracting.
Definitely not good news - will be interesting if this shows up in hiring numbers for the chemical manufacturing subsector before long... 

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