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A pessimistic present and optimistic future for manufacturing

The latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey, which identifies trends across manufacturing executives, showed a deceleration of current assessments of manufacturing activity and an improvement in future assessments of manufacturing activity.

By Guest blogger / September 17, 2012

This chart shows current and future conditions of manufacturing activity since 2008. Monday’s report showed a notable deceleration of current assessments of manufacturing activity.

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The Empire State Manufacturing Survey consists of a series of diffusion indices distilled from a monthly survey of New York regional manufacturing executives and seeks to identify trends across 22 different current and future manufacturing related activities.

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