Chart of the day: Industrial Production

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Industrial production and capacity utilization numbers were released by the Fed this morning. These numbers are important because production is one of five factors the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research) looks at to judge recessions. The numbers were not good.

Production was down y-o-y for the first time since May 2002 besides a blip in May 2003. This is a classic sign of economic weakness. Industrial capacity utilization was also down to 79.39%, down from 80.89% a year ago. This too is the worse number we’ve seen since May 2002.

In short, production is saying we are in recession.

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