The Manufacturing Activity Index in the US fifth district including the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and most of West Virginia increased to +20 in September of 2020 from +18 in the previous month. It was the highest reading since September 2018, buoyed by increases in the indicators for new orders and employment. The third component index—shipments— decreased but remained positive, suggesting continued expansion. Survey results also reflected improvement in local business conditions and increased capital spending. Overall, respondents were optimistic that conditions would continue to improve in the next six months.

Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index in the United States averaged 2.61 points from 1993 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 27 points in March of 2004 and a record low of -53 points in April of 2020. This page provides - United States Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2020. source: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index in the United States is expected to be 10.00 points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index in the United States to stand at 4.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index is projected to trend around 2.50 points in 2021 and 3.00 points in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
21.00 18.00 27.00 -53.00 1993 - 2020 points Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-06-23 02:00 PM Jun 0 -27 -14
2020-07-28 02:00 PM Jul 10 0 5
2020-08-25 02:00 PM Aug 18 10 1
2020-09-22 02:00 PM Sep 21 18 10
2020-10-27 02:00 PM Oct 21
2020-11-24 03:00 PM Nov
2020-12-22 03:00 PM Dec -3


News Stream
US Fifth District Factory Index at 2-Year High
The Manufacturing Activity Index in the US fifth district including the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and most of West Virginia increased to +20 in September of 2020 from +18 in the previous month. It was the highest reading since September 2018, buoyed by increases in the indicators for new orders and employment. The third component index—shipments— decreased but remained positive, suggesting continued expansion. Survey results also reflected improvement in local business conditions and increased capital spending. Overall, respondents were optimistic that conditions would continue to improve in the next six months.
2020-09-22
US Fifth District Factory Activity Strengthens in August
The Manufacturing Activity Index in the US fifth district including the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and most of West Virginia increased to +18 in August of 2020 from +10 in the previous month. It was the highest reading since January, as all three components shipments, new orders, and employment increased. The index for local business conditions also rose and many firms reported increased capital expenditures. Manufacturers were optimistic that conditions would continue to improve.
2020-08-25
US Fifth District Factory Activity Expands
The Manufacturing Activity Index in the US fifth district including the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and most of West Virginia increased to +10 in July 2020 from 0 in the previous month, the highest since January. The indexes for shipments and new orders suggested expansion, while the index for employment remained slightly negative. In addition, the local business conditions index rose further, suggesting some improvement in sentiment. Survey respondents were also optimistic that conditions would improve in the next six months.
2020-07-28
US Fifth District Manufacturing Activity Index Rises
The Manufacturing Activity Index in the US fifth district including the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and most of West Virginia increased to 0 in June of 2020 from -27 in May. Shipments were relatively flat (-1 vs -26 in May), more firms reported increases in new orders (5 vs -35), and firms generally reported continued declines in employment (-5 vs -16). The index for local business conditions rose notably in June, indicating optimism among firms after three months of some of the most negative readings on record for that series. Manufacturers were also optimistic, overall, that conditions would improve in the next six months.
2020-06-23

United States Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index
The Richmond Manufacturing Index measures the conditions of the manufacturing sector for the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and most of West Virginia. The index is derived from a survey of 190 manufacturing plants and based on three individual index with the following weights: Shipments (33 percent), New Orders (40 percent) and Employment (27 percent). The index can range between +100 and -100; a reading above zero indicates expansion, while below zero suggests a contraction.