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Industrial Production Decreased 0.7 Percent in December

From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
Industrial production decreased 0.7 percent in December and 1.7 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter. In December, manufacturing output fell 1.3 percent amid widespread declines across the sector. The index for utilities jumped 3.8 percent, as cold temperatures boosted the demand for heating, while the index for mining moved down 0.9 percent. At 103.4 percent of its 2017 average, total industrial production in December was 1.6 percent above its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization dropped 0.6 percentage point in December to 78.8 percent, a rate that is 0.8 percentage point below its long-run (1972–2021) average,
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This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up from the record low set in April 2020, and above the level in February 2020 (pre-pandemic).

Capacity utilization at 78.8% is 0.8% below the average from 1972 to 2021.  This was below consensus expectations.

Note: y-axis doesn’t start at zero to better show the change.

The second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production decreased in December to 104.5. This is above the pre-pandemic level.

The change in industrial production was below consensus expectations.

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