Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:00 am
After March downturn, production up
WASHINGTON – American industry expanded production last month at the fastest pace in more than three years as manufacturers and mines recovered from a March downturn.
The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that U.S. industrial production at factories, mines and utilities shot up 1 percent in April from March, the biggest gain since February 2014. Factory production rose 1 percent after declining 0.4 percent in March.
Mine production increased 1.2 percent after falling 0.4 percent in March. And utility output rose 0.7 percent after surging 8.2 percent in March.
Factory production has risen three of four months this year. Manufacturing has recovered from a rough patch in late 2015 and early 2016 caused by cutbacks in the energy industry and a strong dollar, which makes U.S. goods costlier in foreign markets.