US ISM November manufacturing 57.5 vs 58.0 expected

Author: Adam Button | Category: News

ISM survey results

US ISM November manufacturing chart
  • Prior was 59.3 (was highest since Nov 2018)
  • New orders 65.1 vs 67.9 prior
  • Prices paid 65.4 vs 65.5 prior
  • Employment 48.4 vs 53.2 prior
  • Inventory 51.2 vs 51.9 prior
  • Production 60.8 vs 63.0 prior
  • Backlog of orders 56.9 vs 55.7 prior
  • Supplier deliveries 61.7 vs 60.5 prior
  • Customer inventories 36.3 vs 36.7 prior
  • New export orders 57.8 vs 55.7 prior
  • Imports 55.1 vs 58.1 prior
This is a good report but that dip in employment into contractionary territory is a bit worrisome.

Comments in the report are universally upbeat.

  • "Suppliers are still experiencing labor shortages resulting in component constraints. However, we're seeing life from customers, so there's a positive outlook moving into the first quarter of 2021." (Computer & Electronic Products)
  • "Production issues for petrochemicals are getting resolved after a very active hurricane season. That is helping balance supply and demand." (Chemical Products)
  • "The resurgence in COVID-19 cases is adding strain on our Tier-1 and Tier-2 suppliers. Multiple suppliers mentioned that finding new people is an issue with the COVID-19 situation. And there is a learning curve for new [supplier] hires, impacting production efficiency at their place." (Transportation Equipment)
  • "We are getting a lot more COVID-19 hits in our factories. We are also sending employees home for 14 days to quarantine if they were in close proximity to individuals that tested positive. We have had to shut down production lines due to lack of staffing. Cost of goods sold [COGS] is much higher than normal due to labor and production inefficiencies." (Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products)
  • "Jet fuel being down in consumption really hurts the refining market." (Petroleum & Coal Products)
  • "We will finish out the fourth quarter very strong. Customers have increased demand and 2021 is expected to continue to grow." (Fabricated Metal Products)
  • "Sales have been steady, but down 30 percent year over year. Work hours for production are going up, but still have several on lay-off. Starting to see some inflationary pressure on materials." (Furniture & Related Products)
  • "Business continues to be strong, with significant back-orders. Suppliers have struggled to hire people, as we have to support the increased business. We are seeing significant delays in getting parts and material from China through U.S. ports, especially [at the Port of] Long Beach. Material costs continue to hold steady. The national election and continued COVID-19 uncertainty are concerns." (Machinery)
  • "Customer order volumes are very strong, but our suppliers are having issues meeting our orders due to people shortages." (Plastics & Rubber Products)
  • "Our business is booming, as many customers need products ASAP. A great situation." (Primary Metals)

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