The decline of 1.5 percent in mining output reflected sizable reductions both in the indexes for crude oil extraction and for oil and gas well drilling and servicing.
The index for utilities dropped 2.5 percent in October; a decrease for electric utilities was partly offset by an increase for natural gas utilities.
Manufacturing output increased 0.4 percent in October, as the output of durable goods advanced 0.5 percent and the production of nondurable goods rose 0.3 percent. Nearly all major categories of durable goods industries moved up, and gains of 1.0 percent or more were recorded by nonmetallic mineral products; wood products; electrical equipment, appliances, and components; and primary metals. Among nondurable goods industries, the index for textile and product mills gained 1.9 percent and the index for petroleum and coal products rose 1.3 percent, but the index for apparel and leather fell 2.6 percent. The output of other manufacturing (publishing and logging) fell 0.6 percent after having dropped a similar amount in each of the previous two months.
Capacity utilization for the industrial sector declined 0.2 percentage point in October to 77.5 percent, a rate that is 2.6 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2014) average.
Year-on-year, industrial output grew 0.3 percent.