Issues in the Brief
PMI Hits a Two-Year High; Weak Global Growth Is Still a Challenge
In a potentially brighter sign for a slow-growing, stressed U.S. manufacturing sector, the Institute for Supply Management reported that its widely followed Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to a two-year high in December. This critical leading index of manufacturing growth has been strengthening consistently since September even as actual manufacturing output data remain distressingly weak, preventing the U.S. factory sector from achieving a full recovery from the Great Recession.
The December Jobs Report Marks a Turning Point
From data clarity comes policy clarity. While the December jobs report shows that labor market performance remains steady, there are significant concerns that are not going to abate on their own. It was a good year for those seeking work. Employers added a net 2.2 million new jobs to their payrolls. This is slower than the 2.7 million added in 2015 and the 3 million added in 2014. It is nonetheless an encouraging performance given that the employment recovery began in earnest six years ago and has been confronting sluggish and volatile economic growth.
MAPI Members Predict: What’s Ahead in 2017?
Even just days into 2017, it seems likely that uncertainty and risk will be yearlong themes. MAPI members share insights on how they are preparing for the new year.
Automation Fusion: How Caterpillar & Others Drive Direct and Indirect Channel Revenue
Guest author Laz Gonzalez, Chief Strategy Officer for Zift Solutions, shares a few of his experiences on channel partner marketing for 2017.
A Changing China in an Unsettled World
While there is no debating that China must engage in acceptable trade practices, the world must recognize significant shifts in the Chinese landscape. Far from just slowing, China is seeing changes to its growth composition and to its potential growth that might turn the economic policy focus more inward, although, without a doubt, China will remain a critical player on the global economic stage. A broad understanding of such shifts in the nation is needed for an optimal answer to the “China question.”
U.S. Industrial Outlook: December 2016
Our current five-year forecast is one of persistently sluggish activity. We expect no more than 2% annual growth in U.S. GDP through and including 2020. We predict less than 1% annual growth in U.S. manufacturing output for 2016 and 2017 and then growth of 1% or a little more through and including 2020.
How Important Is U.S. Manufacturing Today?
Manufactured goods are ubiquitous at home, in transit, and at work, but the narrow definition of manufacturing industries in national statistics implies that the sector is of only minor importance to economic activity. The traditional finding is that manufacturers’ proportion of gross domestic product (GDP) is only about 11% and manufacturing’s share of economy-wide full-time equivalent employment is just 9%.