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U.S. Manufacturing Grows at the Fastest Pace in 2½ Years

U.S. manufacturing grew in November at the fastest pace in 2½ years with increases in new orders, production, and employment.

Manufacturing expanded in November as the PMI™ registered 57.3 percent, an increase of 0.9 percentage point when compared to October's reading of 56.4 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally contracting.

A PMI™ in excess of 42.2 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the November PMI™ indicates growth for the 54th consecutive month in the overall economy, and indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the sixth consecutive month.

With 15 of 18 manufacturing industries reporting growth in November relative to October, the positive growth trend characterizing the second half of 2013 is continuing. Fabricated Metal Products and Primary Metals were among the 15 industries showing growth. Machinery was one of three industries reporting contraction.

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