Georgia manufacturing activity remained strong for May, even as new orders fell from its high April reading, according to the Purchasing Managers Index released recently by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.
The Georgia PMI for May decreased by 5.9 points to 56.8. While production remained strong for May, the components of employment, supplier delivery and finished inventory dropped as a reaction to the lower new orders, according to Don Sabbarese, director of the Econometric Center and professor of economics at Kennesaw State.
According to the report, 47 percent of Georgia manufacturers who participate in the monthly survey reported higher new orders, down 12 percent from April. Similarly, 41 percent of participants reported higher production. Typically, levels above 40 percent are solid conditions for growth, Sabbarese said.
Other highlights from the May PMI include:
- New orders down 6.8 points to 68.2, 8.2 points above its six-month average;
- Production remained at 65.9, 8.1 points above its six-month average;
- Employment down 6.8 points to 56.8, 2.2 points below its six-month average;
- Supplier delivery down 6.8 points to 54.5, 4.0 points below its six-month average.;
- Finished inventory down 9.1 points to 38.6, 11.5 points below its six-month average; and
- Commodity prices up 4.5 points to 68.2, 10.8 points above its six-month average.
The Georgia PMI provides a snapshot of manufacturing activity in the state, just as the monthly PMI released by the Institute for Supply Management provides a picture of national manufacturing activity. A PMI reading above 50 indicates that manufacturing activity is expanding; a reading below 50 indicates it is contracting.