Ga. manufacturing slowdown drags on

The downturn in Georgia’s manufacturing sector continued for a third month in a row in…

Georgia (Nov 3, 2010)


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The downturn in Georgia’s manufacturing sector continued for a third month in a row in October, according to the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business.


Georgia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) -- a reading of economic activity in the state’s manufacturing sector -- for October was 50.3, down 3.3 points from 53.6 in September.


A PMI reading above 50 shows manufacturing activity is expanding, while a reading below 50 shows it is contracting.

The latest reading also is the lowest since January, when it stood at 46.1, and is 5.9 points below the PMI’s six-month average.


“The latest numbers are consistent with the gradual slowdown in manufacturing activity that started in June,” said Don Sabbarese, professor of economics and director of the Econometric Center at the Coles College of Business. “Contraction in commercial and residential construction and the slow rebound in economic activity are contributing to the PMI’s slowdown.”


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