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The Federal Reserve’s new industrial production figures for November revealed that the strong bounceback from the previous months’ hurricanes is fading. Sequential growth cooled from an upwardly revised 1.45 percent to 0.22 percent, with most of the deterioration coming in non-durable goods sectors either concentrated heavily in Gulf states, like petroleum refinery, or heavily dependent on oil and natural gas for feedstocks, like chemicals.

Even so, the latest overall monthly expansion in manufacturing, coupled with slightly negative revisions from July through September were enough to produce 2.72 percent year-on-year price-adjusted production growth in November – industry’s best such total since July, 2014’s 2.82 percent. Moreover, the higher October monthly real output increase was represented industry’s best sequential growth since May, 2010’s 1.49 percent. Despite some recent signs of life, the automotive sector – which led domestic manufacturing’s strong early comeback from its deep recessionary dive – remained in a technical recession in November. Real production in motor vehicles and parts combined is down 0.12 percent since July, 2015.

The latest results pulled manufacturing’s real output levels to just 2.38 percent below their prec-recession peak, nearly a data decade ago, in December, 2007.

Here are the manufacturing highlights of the Federal Reserve’s Friday release on November industrial production:

>New Federal Reserve industrial production figures reveal that in November, the hurricanes bounceback effect in after-inflation manufacturing output faded, but real monthly growth was sufficient to push the year-on-year figure to its best level in more than three years.

>Constant dollar production rose 0.22 percent sequentially in November – down substantially from October’s upwardly revised 1.45 percent. But the new October figure amounted to manufacturing’s best month-to-month inflation adjusted growth since the 1.49 percent achieved in May, 2010.

>Moreover, November’s manufacturing production growth sufficed to bring the month’s year-on-year total to 2.72 percent in real terms – the best such growth since July, 2014’s 2.82 percent.

>Most of the slower rate of the real growth slowdown came in the hurricane-affected industries that enjoyed such strong production recoveries in October.

>In one of the most dramatic examples, examples, after-inflation production in organic chemicals sank by 14.92 percent on month in September. October’s results? Up 27.96 percent – a marginal downgrade from the 28.05 percent reported last month, but still the biggest advance on record (going back to 1986). In November, inflation-adjusted production rose again – but by just 1.06 percent.

>In petroleum refining, September’s sequential constant dollar output drop has been downgraded from 2.11 percent to 4.16 percent. In October, it rebounded by an upwardly revised 5.91 percent – the best such performance since October, 2008’s 17.72 percent. In November, however, price-adjusted production dipped on month by 0.50 percent.

>In the huge chemicals sector in which these and many of these hurricane-impacted industries are located, the August and September constant dollar output monthly drops have been upgraded slightly on net. But October’s after-inflation output bounceback, already its best on record (going back to 1972) has been revised upward, too – from 5.82 percent to six percent. In November, it fell back but 0.19 percent.

>In turn, in the non-durable goods super-sector in which chemicals are found, sizable monthly real production fall-offs in August and September were followed by a sequential October spurt initially reported as 2.33 percent – its best such performance since January, 1983.

>Now the October figure has been upgraded to a 2.53 percent rise – the best on record (going back to January, 1972. In November, constant dollar production levels were down sequentially – but by a mere 0.01 percent.

>A small upward revision to October’s real sequential automotive output growth helped end a technical recession (two or more straight quarters of cumulative inflation-adjusted output decline) in a sector that led manufacturing’s overall early recovery comeback from the sharp recessionary downturn.

>But a longer term slump continued, with combined motor vehicle and parts price-adjusted production off 0.12 percent since July, 2015.

>Nonetheless, its 0.09 percent monthly real production increase in November marked the fourth straight month of sequential real output improvements in automotive – the best such stretch since the May-October period of 2016.

>As of November, domestic manufacturing is still smaller in real terms than at the onset of the Great Recession – which began in December, 2007. But they also showed that, since October, the inflation-adjusted output gap has closed from 2.56 percent to 2.38 percent.