Capacity Utilization in the United States increased to 74.90 percent in April from 74.39 percent in March of 2021. source: Federal Reserve

Capacity Utilization in the United States averaged 80.03 percent from 1967 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 89.39 percent in January of 1967 and a record low of 64.24 percent in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Capacity Utilization - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Capacity Utilization - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2021.

Capacity Utilization in the United States is expected to be 76.30 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Capacity Utilization in the United States to stand at 77.20 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Capacity Utilization is projected to trend around 78.40 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Capacity Utilization

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
74.90 74.39 89.39 64.24 1967 - 2021 percent Monthly
Seasonally Adjusted


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-02-17 02:15 PM Jan 75.6% 74.9% 74.8% 74.8%
2021-03-16 01:15 PM Feb 73.8% 75.5% 75.5% 75.7%
2021-04-15 01:15 PM Mar 74.4% 73.4% 75.7%
2021-05-14 01:15 PM Apr 74.9% 74.4% 75% 75.1%
2021-06-15 01:15 PM May 74.9% 75% 75%
2021-07-15 01:15 PM Jun
2021-08-17 01:15 PM Jul
2021-09-15 01:15 PM Aug


News Stream
US Capacity Utilization Beats Forecasts
Capacity utilization in the United States rose to 68.6 percent in June 2020 from 64.8 in the previous month and above market expectations of 67.7 percent. Still, capacity utilization is at a rate that is 11.2 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2019) average of 80.1 but 1.9 percentage points above its trough during the Great Recession, as many factories resumed operations following restrictions related to COVID-19.
2020-07-15
US Capacity Utilization Remains Subdued
Capacity utilization in the United States increased to 64.80 percent in May from a record low of 63.97 percent in April of 2020, but was lower than market forecasts of 66.9 percent. Still, capacity utilization is at a rate that is 15 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2019) average of 80.1 and 1.9 percentage points below its trough during the Great Recession, as many factories resumed operations only partially following suspensions related to COVID-19.
2020-06-16

United States Capacity Utilization
Capacity utilization rate is used to measure the rate at which potential output levels are being met or used. The capacity indexes cover all facilities located in the United States, regardless of their ownership; and are constructed for 89 detailed industries (71 in manufacturing, 16 in mining, and 2 in utilities).