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April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, New Homes, Retail Sales Move Higher

The latest numbers about the health of the U.S. economy showed continued growth when it comes to industrial production, housing starts, and retail sales, indicating increasing energy for the first part of the second quarter.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Home Starts

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Employment Surges, Overall Jobs Moderate

The number of U.S. non-farm jobs added in March moderated while trucking added the most jobs in recent memory, according to a new Labor Department report.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Manufacturing Remain Strong

Change in nonfarm private employment by month. Graphic: ADP

Employers continued adding a high-number of non-farm jobs in March while U.S. factory orders increased broadly in February, but the rebound was less than expected, according to two new reports.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Employment

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Remain on Firm Ground

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector remained solid during March, while construction spending was nearly unchanged in February. The latest reports show the nation’s overall economic health was stronger in the final quarter of last year than earlier indications.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators, Existing Homes All Move Higher

Manufacturing activity this month hit a three-year high, while other reports showed healthy increases in where the economy is headed over the next several months.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

March 16, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment Up; New Homes Mixed

Industrial production in the U.S. rebounded from a drop at the start of the year, as consumer sentiment is the best in more than a decade – but there's a decline reported in parts of the new-home-building market.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment

March 9, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobs Booming, Manufacturing Throttles Back

Employers in the U.S. added far more jobs in February than analysts were expecting, but there are some concerns about the nation’s manufacturing sector as consumer credit slowed and the trade deficit hit a near 10-year high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve, International Trade

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Spending, Income Jump; Construction Flat but Strong

Manufacturing in the U.S. continued its hot streak in February, but there are questions following other data released earlier about the sector. Personal incomes and expenditures were up, and construction spending remained robust despite little change from the month before.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Personal Income, Personal Spending

February 21, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing at 40-Month High, Existing Home Sales Slip Again

A preliminary report about the U.S. manufacturing sector for this month showed business conditions continue improving, hitting a 40-month high, while a separate one on existing home sales revealed a decline for the second straight month amid higher prices and a supply shortage.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Gross Domestic Product

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Lags, but Homes, E-Commerce, Consumer Sentiment Rise

Several recent economic indicators, with the exception of a measure of the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities production, have all moved higher. That indicates economic activity in the first month to month and a half of 2017 is still very much alive, despite recent concerns about the future following stock market gyrations.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Reports Show 2018 Started Near Last Year's Higher Pace

A measure of the U.S. manufacturing sector released Thursday is just one in a raft of new economic reports that showed 2018 began with a similar pace to that seen when 2017 wrapped up.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, Unemployment, Consumer Confidence, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Employment, Federal Reserve

January 26, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Slows in Final Quarter, Durable Goods Remain Strong

The nation’s overall economic performance slowed in the final quarter of last year but turned in better performance for all of 2017 than it did for all of 2016, according to new Commerce Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, GDP, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Starts Strong, Home Sales up Last Year

Manufacturers reported a strong start to 2018, with production volumes and incoming new work both rising at faster rates than seen at the end of last year. A separate report showed while existing home sales improved last year, they ended 2017 on a lower note.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Posts Biggest Annual Gain in 7 Years

A surge in industrial production for December exceeded expectations, but the strength was largely a function of a weather-related utilities spike. A separate report showed a lot of optimism remains when it comes to the market for newly built homes.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Housing, Manufacturing

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Scores Record High

Two readings of the nation’s manufacturing sector showed solid increases in December with one showing the strongest growth in nearly three years while another report showed construction spending hit a record high.

Tags: Economy, Interest Rates, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Manufacturing, Retail Sales Post Solid Gains

The amount of output from the nation’s factories, mines, and utilities posted its third straight monthly increase in November, according to newly released figures, while separate reports showed manufacturing increasing even more last month while retail sales are surging.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Manufacturing

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Still Hearty Despite Small Declines, Construction Jumps

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. remains strong, despite small declines recorded in three reports, while the construction sector posted its biggest gain in nearly half a year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Hit 10-Year High, Manufacturing Eases a Bit

Sales of new homes rose last month while two separate reports show the nation’s manufacturing sector is nearly as strong this month as it was during October.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing, Industrial Production, E-Commerce Sales Improve

The U.S. housing market improved in October following some ups and downs earlier in the year, while industrial production jumped in part due to increased manufacturing. And e-commerce retail sales continued booming in the third quarter.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, E-commerce, Industrial Production, Housing, Manufacturing, Housing Starts

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Expanding but Construction Uneven

The nation’s manufacturing sector continued growing over an array of industries last month, though there is a bit of disagreement as to how fast it is expanding, following the release of two reports.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Surges, Construction Rebounds

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. turned higher in September, hitting its highest level in 13 years, according to newly released survey results of supply executives. A separate report showed construction spending rebounded after two straight monthly drops.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Construction Spending, Gross Domestic Product

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Improve

A first-look at how the manufacturing economy is performing this month shows conditions have improved to a two-month high, while a separate report indicates the overall economy improved again in August as the outlook calls for continued growth through the second half of the year.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Manufacturing, Leading Economic Indicators, Gross Domestic Product

September 11, 2017 - Product News

Lytx Moves Production of Video Recorders to U.S. From China

Lytx is investing $50 Million in the Logansport factory. Photo: Lytx

Lytx will begin producing its video event recorders in Logansport, Indiana, in March in a shift from the company's prior operations on mainland China, the company announced.

Tags: Lytx, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, Manufacturing

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Jumps as Employment, Construction Slow

Job growth slowed in August, according to government numbers released Friday, while other economic reports showed manufacturing hitting a six-year high as total construction spending unexpectedly slowed – and consumers are in the best mood since 2000.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Manufacturing, Consumer Sentiment, Construction Spending, Employment

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Analysis: Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture

Recent reports on industrial activity have done little to change FTR's viewpoint on the strength of the U.S. economy or freight demand.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Manufacturing

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