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Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey

The Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey is a monthly survey of manufacturers in the Third Federal Reserve District. Participants indicate the direction of change in overall business activity and in the various measures of activity at their plants: employment, working hours, new and unfilled orders, shipments, inventories, delivery times, prices paid, and prices received. The survey has been conducted each month since May 1968.

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Recent Releases Last update: October 15, 2020, 8:30 a.m. ET




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Archived Surveys

View previous releases of
the Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey going back to May 1968.

All surveys are in PDF format.