Manufacturing output rose 0.2 percent in September and was unchanged from its year-earlier level. Production of durables remained unchanged, the production of nondurables increased 0.5 percent, and the production of other manufacturing (publishing and logging) fell 0.8 percent. Within durables, declines registered by primary metals, by machinery, and by aerospace and miscellaneous transportation equipment were offset by gains elsewhere. All of the major categories within nondurables posted increases; the largest gains, of about 1 1/2 percent, were recorded by printing and support and by petroleum and coal products.
The index for mining moved up 0.4 percent in September. Gains for oil and gas well drilling and servicing, for coal mining, and for nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying outweighed a drop in crude oil extraction. The output of mining increased at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the third quarter following six consecutive quarterly decreases.
The index for utilities declined 1.0 percent.
At 104.2 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production in September was 1.0 percent lower than its year-earlier level. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector edged up 0.1 percentage point in September to 75.4 percent, a rate that is 4.6 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2015) average.