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Manufacturing Sector in Washington Shows Signs of Improvement Despite Rising Interest Rates: Key Indicators

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Outlook brightens for US manufacturing industry

In Washington, the manufacturing sector is showing signs of improvement in business investment in equipment, despite facing challenges due to rising interest rates impacting demand for goods. The latest report from the Census Bureau showed a 1.4 percent increase in orders for durable goods last month, driven by transportation equipment and machinery. This was better than expected, as economists had anticipated a 1.1 percent rise in durable goods orders. Additionally, orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft saw a 0.7 percent increase after a 0.4 percent decline in the previous month, indicating better than expected performance in this key measure of corporate spending plans.

Meanwhile, US consumer confidence remained stable in March, with concerns about a recession overshadowed by worries about the political environment leading up to the presidential election in November. The Conference Board reported that the consumer confidence index stayed nearly unchanged at 104.7 this month, slightly down from a revised figure of 104.8 in February. Despite some uncertainties, the overall sentiment among consumers remained relatively steady during this period.

This sector, accounting for 10.3 percent of the economy, plays a significant role in integrating the Mexican economy with the US economy. As such, its health indicators are important not only for its own country but also for Mexico and other countries involved in trade with it

By Samantha Nguyen

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