Purchasing Managers' Index Declined 1.5 Points to 57.1% in March
Tempe, AZ, April 1, 2022-The March Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) registered 57.1%, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from the February reading of 58.6%, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.
This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the 22nd month in a row after a contraction in April and May 2020. This is the lowest reading since September 2020 (55.4%).
The New Orders Index registered 53.8%, down 7.9 percentage points compared to the February reading of 61.7%.
The Production Index reading of 54.5% is a four-percentage point decrease compared to February’s figure of 58.5%.
The Prices Index registered 87.1%, up 11.5 percentage points compared to the February figure of 75.6%.
The Backlog of Orders Index registered 60%, 5 percentage points lower than the February reading of 65%.
The Employment Index figure of 56.3% is 3.4 percentage points higher than the 52.9% recorded in February.
The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 65.4%, a decrease of 0.7 percentage point compared to the February figure of 66.1%.
The Inventories Index registered 55.5%, 1.9 percentage points higher than the February reading of 53.6%.
The New Export Orders Index reading of 53.2% is down 3.9 percentage points compared to February’s figure of 57.1%.
The Imports Index registered 51.8%, a 3.6-percentage point decrease from the February reading of 55.4%.
Fifteen manufacturing industries reported growth in March, in the following order, apparel, leather & allied products; furniture & related products; food, beverage & tobacco products; electrical equipment, appliances & components; miscellaneous manufacturing; machinery; textile mills; transportation equipment; fabricated metal products; paper products; chemical products; computer & electronic products; nonmetallic mineral products; primary metals; and plastics & rubber products. The two industries reporting a decrease in March compared to February are wood products and petroleum & coal products.