2018 New Orders

The value of manufacturer’s new orders across multiple industries, updated monthly.

Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

—Posted on April 18, 2018


Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

New orders for all manufacturing industries increased on a year-over-year basis by 8.4 percent, or approximately $35.7 billion, in January 2018. The most notable change came from Primary Metals, which increased by 14 percent compared to January 2017. New orders increased for each remaining industry sector, with Furniture and related products experiencing the smallest change (up by 1.1 percent). Compared to December 2017, new orders decreased for most industries, with Transportation Equipment recording the most substantial decline at 30.5 percent, followed by Computers and Electronic Products with a 25.8 percent drop. Primary Metals increased by 13.8 percent in January over the previous month, followed by Furniture and Related Products (11.1 percent) and Fabricated Metal Products (9.9 percent).

—Posted on Mar. 20, 2018


Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Industrial demand increased by 7.4 percent or roughly $34 million for all manufacturing industries year-over-year in December 2017. Transportation Equipment led the way with the most significant increase of 14.5 percent compared to December 2016, and a 16.1 percent growth compared to November 2017. Almost all remaining industries recorded increases in new orders, the only exception coming from the Electrical products segment, which posted a 3.1 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2016.

On a month-over-month basis, new orders increased for most industries, with the Computers and Electronic Products category recording a 20.6 percent surge, followed by Transportation Equipment with an uptick of 16.1 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, the most significant drop in new orders came from the Furniture and Related Products category, which decreased by 16.2 percent, while the Primary Metals segment recorded a 3.8 percent fall.

—Posted on Feb. 21, 2018


Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

On a year-over-year basis, new orders increased by 8.6 percent or approximately $38 billion for all manufacturing industries in November 2017. The most significant growth came from the Computers and Electronic Products segment, which increased by 14.3 percent since November 2016 and by 2.2 percent compared to October 2017. All other remaining industries experienced surges in new orders, with orders for Primary Metals increasing by 10.8 percent, closely followed by Machinery at 10.4 percent.

New orders decreased for most industries compared to November 2017. The Fabricated Metal Products segment recorded the most significant drop, by 8.0 percent, while new orders in the Machinery category decreased by 7.6 percent. On a month-over-month basis, the only industry category that posted growing rates (other than Computers) was Transportation Equipment with a 6.1 percent increase.

—Posted on Jan. 30, 2018