U.S. Factories Continue to Expand
The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing managers index increased to 52.8 in May from 51.5 in March and April. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. Demand is on the rise, and unfilled order backlogs are increasing. Previous surveys have had mixed messages, but according to ISM the economy is on the right track after the end of temporary obstacles like harsh winter weather and the West Coast port slowdown.
Fourteen of 18 industries reported employment growth, and the employment gauge reached its highest reading since January. The computer and electronics industry was the only one that saw a decrease in jobs.