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Georgia’s October 2017 Manufacturing Activity

by: Smith and Howard

November 2, 2017

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Georgia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) — a reading of economic activity in the state’s manufacturing sector — decreased by 1.9 points in October to 56.4. Although an overall decrease, there were notable increases in employment and commodity prices—both rising 11.3 points to 82.1.

The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) Report is underwritten by the Manufacturing and Distribution Group of Smith & Howard, a top Atlanta CPA firm with a focus on serving manufacturing businesses, and is produced monthly by the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University.

Some general remarks from the October respondents:

  • “Metrics are good for our industry.”
  • “More customers are thinking about future purchases for 1st quarter of next year.”
  • “Completions by year end will be in high demand.”

Other highlights of the October PMI include:

  • New orders were down 9.5 points, to 57.1.
  • Production was down 4.2 points, to 50.0.
  • Employment was up 11.3 points, to 82.1.
  • Supplier delivery time was down 20.2 points, to 46.4.
  • Finished inventory was up 13.1 points, to 46.4.
  • Commodity prices were up 11.3 points, to 82.1.

The Georgia PMI provides a snapshot of manufacturing activity in the state, just as the monthly PMI released by the Institute for Supply Management provides a picture of national manufacturing activity. The national PMI was down 2.1 points in October, to 58.7. A PMI reading above 50 indicates that manufacturing activity is expanding; a reading below 50 indicates it is contracting.

The Georgia PMI reading is a composite of five variables — new orders, production, employment, supply deliveries and finished inventory. A sixth variable, commodity prices, is compiled by the Coles College’s Econometric Center but does not go into the PMI calculation.

The PMI, compiled from a monthly survey of manufacturers, is the earliest indicator of market conditions in the sector. Since manufacturing, which accounts for 11 percent of GDP, is sensitive to changes in the economy, it can also reveal changing macroeconomic trends.

The PMI’s value is in its timeliness and sensitivity to variables such as interest rates, global markets and other economic changes. The Georgia PMI provides valuable data used by institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to assist in their analysis of current economic conditions, along with many other data sources, to get a picture of economic activity.

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