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Date:4/30/2013

ers report that their companies are currently operating at 80.2 percent of normal capacity, representing an increase from the 77.5 percent reported in December 2012, and a decrease from the 81.6 percent reported in April 2012. The seven industries reporting operating capacity levels at or above the average capacity of 80.2 percent — listed in order — are: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Wood Products; Paper Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Machinery; and Primary Metals.

Non-Manufacturing
Non-manufacturing purchasing and supply executives report that their organizations are currently operating at 84.7 percent of normal capacity. This is less than the 85.4 percent reported in December 2012 and less than the 85.2 percent reported in April 2012. The following 10 industries — listed in order — are operating at capacity levels above the average rate of 84.7 percent: Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Educational Services; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Information; Accommodation & Food Services; Other Services; Finance & Insurance; Mining; and Public Administration.Operating RateManufacturingNon-ManufacturingApril 2012

Dec 2012

April 2013

April 2012

Dec 2012

April 201390%+

37%

31%

32%

51%

51%

49%50%-89%

60%

63%

63%

45%

48%

48%Below 50%

3%

6%

5%

4%

1%

3%Est. Overall Average

81.6%

77.5%

80.2%

85.2%

85.4%

84.7%PRODUCTION CAPACITYManufacturing
Production capacity in manufacturing is expected to increase 6.7 percent in 2013. This increase is slightly less than the 6.8 percent increase predicted in December 2012 for 2013, but significantly greater than the 1.3 percent increase reported in December for 2012. This
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