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Economy in Brief

Kansas City Fed Factory Sector Activity Rebounds
by Tom Moeller  September 25, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City reported that its September Composite index of 10th District factory sector activity recovered to 6 after falling sharply to 3 in August. The composite index is an average of the production, new orders, employment, supplier delivery time and raw materials inventory indexes. The prices paid index deteriorated for the second month and returned to its recent low.

The expectations reading held steady at the highest level since April, suggesting future improvement in business conditions. The shipments and orders indicators rose to the highest levels since April, though employment backed off to a six-month low. Capital expenditures rose slightly and the expected prices paid index recovered following three months of decline.

The diffusion indexes are calculated as the percentage of total respondents reporting increases minus the percentage reporting declines. The survey included 94 responses from plants in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming northern New Mexico. Data for the Kansas City Fed Survey can be found in Haver's SURVEYS database.

Kansas City Federal Reserve Manufacturing Survey (SA) Sep Aug Jul Sep '13 2013 2012 2011
Conditions Versus One Month Ago (% Balance) 6 3 9 2 0 4 9
   New Orders Volume 2 6 12 7 1 0 5
   Number of Employees 7 -4 8 0 -2 5 11
   Prices Received for Finished Product 2 6 7 4 3 5 12
Expected Conditions in Six Months 17 17 15 16 10 12 16
   New Orders Volume 26 25 24 19 18 21 24
   Number of Employees 13 15 23 11 9 13 17
   Prices Received for Finished Product 26 21 25 25 24 24 29
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