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Housing Starts

To access Housing Starts data compiled in this report by the U.S. Census Bureau, simply follow the link and go to spreadsheet C20 Table 3.  Each spreadsheet contains valuable summary information on residential construction phasing.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau; Manufacturing, Mining and Construction Statistics; Survey of Construction

Capacity of Utilization

Capacity of utilization measures the industrial capacity in U.S. factories is being used. Over the past 20 years, the capacity of utilization has averaged 20 percent annually.
Source: Federal Reserve Board

Machine Tool Orders

Machine tool orders measure sales of the equipment on the factory floor that manufacturers used to shape, mold and form metal for use in the products that they produce. This is an important measure of industrial production because machine tools are used to manufacture such a diverse array of products.
Source: American Machine Tool Distributors Association

Institute for Supply Management Monthly Survey

This monthly survey of purchasing managers will give you an idea of whether they are feeling bullish or bearish about their spending in the future.
Source: Institute for Supply Management

NEMA ElectroIndustry Business Confidence Index

In this monthly survey, senior executives with electrical manufacturers offer insight into current and future economic conditions in the electrical market.
Source: National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

Release Dates for Key Economic Data

This calendar will keep you posted on the release dates for the key economic indicators that have the most impact on the electrical market.

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