Capacity Utilization in the United States decreased to 71.5 percent in September from 72 percent in August of 2020, below market forecasts of 71.9 percent.

Capacity Utilization in the United States averaged 80.09 percent from 1967 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 89.39 percent in January of 1967 and a record low of 64.24 percent in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Capacity Utilization - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Capacity Utilization - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2020.

Capacity Utilization in the United States is expected to be 72.60 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Capacity Utilization in the United States to stand at 77.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Capacity Utilization is projected to trend around 78.40 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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United States Capacity Utilization

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
71.54 71.98 89.39 64.24 1967 - 2020 percent Monthly
Seasonally Adjusted


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-07-15 01:15 PM Jun 68.6% 65.1% 67.7% 67.5%
2020-08-14 01:15 PM Jul 70.6% 68.5% 70.3% 70%
2020-09-15 01:15 PM Aug 71.4% 71.1% 71.4% 72%
2020-10-16 01:15 PM Sep 71.5% 72% 71.9% 71.7%
2020-11-17 02:15 PM Oct 71.5%
2020-12-15 02:15 PM Nov


News Stream
US Capacity Utilization Beats Forecasts
Capacity utilization in the United States rose to 68.6 percent in June 2020 from 64.8 in the previous month and above market expectations of 67.7 percent. Still, capacity utilization is at a rate that is 11.2 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2019) average of 80.1 but 1.9 percentage points above its trough during the Great Recession, as many factories resumed operations following restrictions related to COVID-19.
2020-07-15
US Capacity Utilization Remains Subdued
Capacity utilization in the United States increased to 64.80 percent in May from a record low of 63.97 percent in April of 2020, but was lower than market forecasts of 66.9 percent. Still, capacity utilization is at a rate that is 15 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2019) average of 80.1 and 1.9 percentage points below its trough during the Great Recession, as many factories resumed operations only partially following suspensions related to COVID-19.
2020-06-16
US Capacity Utilization Drops to Record Low
Capacity utilization for the US industrial sector decreased 8.3 percentage points to an all-time low of 64.9 percent in April 2020, still above market expectations of 64 percent. Capacity utilization for manufacturing was 61.1 percent, also a record low, with the operating rate for durable manufacturing also dropping to a new low to 55.3 percent held down by decreases in every major industry group. Likewise, capacity utilization for nondurables set a new low, falling 6.1 percentage points to 68.0 percent.
2020-05-15
Government Bonds Fall on Coronavirus-Driven Selloff
Government bond prices around the world dropped along with stock markets on Wednesday, as fears over the global economic blow from the fast-spreading coronavirus prompted investors to sell most assets for cash. The yield on the US 10-year Treasury note went up to 1.120%; while bonds yields in Europe rose to their highest levels in weeks, with the Germany 10 Year Government Bond Yield increasing to a 7-week high of 0.299%; the United Kingdom 10 Year Government Bond Yield rising to a 9-week high of 0.684%the Italy 10 Year Government Bond Yield increasing to a 41-week high of 2.707% around 08:30 NY time.
2020-03-18

United States Capacity Utilization
Capacity utilization rate is used to measure the rate at which potential output levels are being met or used. The capacity indexes cover all facilities located in the United States, regardless of their ownership; and are constructed for 89 detailed industries (71 in manufacturing, 16 in mining, and 2 in utilities).