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Texas Manufacturing Expands But at a Slower Pace

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (08/25/2014)

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reports that the Texas manufacturing production index dropped to 6.8 in August from 19.1 in July, revealing a slowdown in output growth. The Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey also shows an 11-point decrease in the new orders index to 2.2. Meanwhile, the general business activity index slipped to 7.1, marking a five-month low, and company outlook declined to 1.5 from 11.3.

However, the employment index held steady at 11.1 in August, with 21% of companies reporting net hiring and just 10% reporting net layoffs. The survey also reveals a decrease in the hours worked index to 2.9 from 6.3.