Posted by Jvstin at March 19, 2009 10:06 AM
The region's manufacturing sector continued to contract this month, according to firms polled for the March Business Outlook Survey. Indexes for general activity, new orders, shipments, and employment remained significantly negative. Employment losses were substantial again this month, with over half of the surveyed firms reporting declines. Firms continued to report declines in input prices and prices for their own manufactured goods. Most of the indicators of future activity suggest that the region's manufacturing executives expect declines to bottom out over the next six months, but the firms' employment forecasts suggest continued weakness.