The Institute for Supply Management Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) report for November 2013 shows strengthening in manufacturing and hit the high for the year.
It follows our PMPA Business Trends Index  for October which set a new high for October  at 125, just  a couple points below the PMPA Business Trends’ all time high of 128
According to the ISM ‘s Chair  Bradley J. Holcomb:
 “The PMI™ registered 57.3 percent, an increase of 0.9 percentage point from October’s reading of 56.4 percent. The PMI™ has increased progressively each month since June, with November’s reading reflecting the highest PMI™ in 2013. The New Orders Index increased in November by 3 percentage points to 63.6 percent, and the Production Index increased by 2 percentage points to 62.8 percent.  With 15 of 18 manufacturing industries reporting growth in November relative to October, the positive growth trend characterizing the second half of 2013 is continuing.”

Graph courtesy Calculated Risk Blog
Graph courtesy Calculated Risk Blog

The 15 manufacturing industries reporting growth in November were: Plastics & Rubber Products; Textile Mills; Furniture & Related Products; Primary Metals; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Paper Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Petroleum & Coal Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Transportation Equipment; Chemical Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; and Fabricated Metal Products.
A lot of our customers in those Industries.
The ISM Employment Index registered 56.5 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points compared to October’s reading of 53.2 percent. This reflects the highest reading since April 2012 when the Employment Index registered 56.8 percent. This is also in agreement with the PMPA indicator for October where ninety-six percent (96%) of respondents expected that employment prospects would remain the same or improve over the next three months.
This latest data just reinforces the idea that manufacturing in North America is the right place to be. And by providing essential components to manufactured goods, our precision machining shops play a key role in the growth and health of North American Manufacturing.
ISM Press Release