The left would have you believe otherwise. Expect them to pull a negative out of this data and concentrate on it.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in April for the 23rd consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 42nd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "In April, the manufacturing sector grew for the 23rd consecutive month based on the ISM data. This represents the longest period of growth in the last 16 years.
The 14 industries reporting growth in April — listed in order — are: Wood & Wood Products; Miscellaneous*; Rubber & Plastic Products; Instruments & Photographic Equipment; Furniture; Leather; Glass, Stone & Aggregate; Industrial & Commercial Equipment & Computers; Chemicals; Food; Tobacco; Fabricated Metals; Primary Metals; and Transportation & Equipment. Petroleum is the only industry reporting the same level of activity as last month. The industries reporting decreased activity in April are: Apparel; Paper; Electronic Components & Equipment; Printing & Publishing; and Textils.
I am sure this will be on the front page of the NYT.....or not.