Dallas Fed: “We May Not Like The Division In The Country But Trump’s Policies Are Working”

Monday, January 29, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 01/29/2018

Following missed expectations at the Philly Fed, Richmond Fed, Empire Fed, and PMIs; The Dallas Fed manufacturing survey smashed expectations – soaring to 33.4, the highest since Nov 2005.

The January print at 33.4 is above the highest analyst’s estimate of 30.1…

Under the covers, things were not quite as exciting with capacity utilization weaker, weaker, wages weaker, hours worked weaker, and employment weaker.

The index surged on the back of a spike in ‘hope’ as Six months ahead business activity jumped.

Amid near record-low unemployment, respondents noted that:

Labor is still the largest problem facing our business. We are still unable to find candidates who can perform the basic duties of employment. First and foremost, show up to work, and second, on time.

We are experiencing large volume increases and demand for parts sooner than ordered, predominately in the automotive sector but in other markets as well. We are having difficulty finding new employees and are facing full capacity in the first quarter if sales continue at this level.

Also, we are raising existing production employees’ hourly rates and increasing our starting rate in production in an attempt to keep good employees and attract new ones.

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