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Industrial Production Increased 1.6 Percent in December; 3.3% Below Pre-Crisis Level

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From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity UtilizationIndustrial production advanced 1.6 percent in December, with gains of 0.9 percent for manufacturing, 1.6 percent for mining, and 6.2 percent for utilities. The increase for utilities resulted from a rebound in demand for heating after unseasonably warm weather in November. For the fourth quarter as a whole, total industrial production rose at an annual rate of 8.4 percent. At 105.7 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production in December was 3.6 percent lower than it was a year earlier and 3.3 percent below its pre-pandemic February reading. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector rose 1.1 percentage points in December to 74.5 percent, a rate that is 5.3 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2019)

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From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
Industrial production advanced 1.6 percent in December, with gains of 0.9 percent for manufacturing, 1.6 percent for mining, and 6.2 percent for utilities. The increase for utilities resulted from a rebound in demand for heating after unseasonably warm weather in November. For the fourth quarter as a whole, total industrial production rose at an annual rate of 8.4 percent. At 105.7 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production in December was 3.6 percent lower than it was a year earlier and 3.3 percent below its pre-pandemic February reading. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector rose 1.1 percentage points in December to 74.5 percent, a rate that is 5.3 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2019) average.
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Industrial Production Increased 1.6 Percent in December; 3.3% Below Pre-Crisis Level Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up from the record low set in April, but still below the level in February 2020.

Capacity utilization at 74.5% is 5.3% below the average from 1972 to 2019.

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

Industrial Production Increased 1.6 Percent in December; 3.3% Below Pre-Crisis LevelThe second graph shows industrial production since 1967.

Industrial production increased in December to  105.7. This is 3.3% below the February 2020 level.

The change in industrial production was above consensus expectations, and industrial production in October and November were revised up slightly.

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