Chicago PMI Jumps to 17-Month High in November
The latest Chicago Purchasing Manager's Index (Chicago Business Barometer) jumped to 55.8 in November from 44.0 in October, marking the highest level in the past 17 months. The latest reading is better than the 45.4 forecast and pushes the index into expansion territory for the first time in 15 months.
Background on Chicago PMI
The Chicago PMI assess the business conditions and the economic health of the manufacturing sector in the Chicago region. A value above 50.0 indicate expanding manufacturing activity, while a value below 50.0 indicate contracting manufacturing activity.
Let's take a look at the Chicago PMI since it began. The current level of 55.8 is below the level the index was at for the start of 2 of the 7 recessions that have occurred since its inception.
Here's a closer look at the indicator since 2000.
Chicago PMI vs. ISM Manufacturing Index
Let's compare the Chicago PMI with the more popular national ISM manufacturing index. Out of the 646 monthly data points, the Chicago PMI has been higher 71% of the time. Despite that overwhelming majority, that the Chicago PMI's historical average of 54.7 is only slightly higher than the ISM's of 52.6. It is clear that both indices follow one another. Note the ISM Manufacturing indicator is through the previous month.
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