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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

April 29, 2019

Results Table

Report


Historical data are available from June 2004 to the most current release month.

Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Production

12.4

10.5

+1.9

Increasing

34

29.9

52.6

17.5

Capacity Utilization

15.6

9.4

+6.2

Increasing

34

27.8

59.9

12.2

New Orders

9.8

2.2

+7.6

Increasing

30

30.9

48.0

21.1

Growth Rate of Orders

5.2

–2.0

+7.2

Increasing

1

23.5

58.2

18.3

Unfilled Orders

–0.4

–0.4

0.0

Decreasing

5

14.3

71.1

14.7

Shipments

6.3

5.8

+0.5

Increasing

29

27.2

52.0

20.9

Delivery Time

1.6

3.9

–2.3

Increasing

2

13.1

75.4

11.5

Finished Goods Inventories

–5.7

1.7

–7.4

Decreasing

1

13.2

67.9

18.9

Prices Paid for Raw Materials

7.9

18.9

–11.0

Increasing

37

18.4

71.2

10.5

Prices Received for Finished Goods

6.0

6.5

–0.5

Increasing

33

12.7

80.6

6.7

Wages and Benefits

28.2

30.0

–1.8

Increasing

117

31.9

64.4

3.7

Employment

4.6

12.2

–7.6

Increasing

28

19.2

66.2

14.6

Hours Worked

8.1

6.3

+1.8

Increasing

30

20.0

68.1

11.9

Capital Expenditures

18.9

12.2

+6.7

Increasing

32

25.4

68.1

6.5

General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Improved% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

6.3

4.2

+2.1

Improving

4

21.9

62.5

15.6

General Business Activity

2.0

6.9

–4.9

Improving

3

21.0

60.0

19.0

IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Outlook Uncertainty†

6.8

3.4

+3.4

Increasing

11

22.5

61.8

15.7

Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator DirectionTrend* (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Production

41.3

51.5

–10.2

Increasing

122

49.1

43.1

7.8

Capacity Utilization

40.6

48.2

–7.6

Increasing

122

47.2

46.2

6.6

New Orders

35.9

42.7

–6.8

Increasing

122

43.2

49.4

7.3

Growth Rate of Orders

27.5

32.4

–4.9

Increasing

122

33.9

59.7

6.4

Unfilled Orders

10.0

10.4

–0.4

Increasing

43

19.8

70.4

9.8

Shipments

35.5

44.2

–8.7

Increasing

122

43.6

48.3

8.1

Delivery Time

1.8

10.2

–8.4

Increasing

29

11.9

78.0

10.1

Finished Goods Inventories

–4.1

9.1

–13.2

Decreasing

1

14.1

67.7

18.2

Prices Paid for Raw Materials

14.0

28.2

–14.2

Increasing

121

25.0

64.0

11.0

Prices Received for Finished Goods

8.0

20.0

–12.0

Increasing

39

24.0

60.0

16.0

Wages and Benefits

38.8

54.3

–15.5

Increasing

179

41.3

56.1

2.5

Employment

33.4

37.5

–4.1

Increasing

77

39.5

54.4

6.1

Hours Worked

9.0

14.6

–5.6

Increasing

35

16.7

75.6

7.7

Capital Expenditures

26.2

36.0

–9.8

Increasing

113

30.9

64.3

4.7

General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

20.9

18.4

+2.5

Improving

39

30.5

59.9

9.6

General Business Activity

18.4

18.4

0.0

Improving

35

30.1

58.3

11.7

*Indicator direction refers to this month's index. If index is positive (negative), indicator is increasing (decreasing) or improving (worsening). If zero, indicator is unchanged.

**Number of months moving in current direction.

†Added to survey in January 2018.

Data have been seasonally adjusted as necessary, with the exception of the outlook uncertainty index, which does not yet have a sufficiently long time series to test for seasonality.

Questions regarding the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey can be addressed to Emily Kerr at emily.kerr@dal.frb.org.

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