Philly Fed Indexes Suggest Recession is Ending
The survey's broadest measure of manufacturing conditions, the diffusion Index of Current Activity, increased from -7.5 in July to 4.2 this month. This is the highest reading of the index since November 2007 (see chart above).
Indicators of future activity improved slightly this month and continued to suggest that firms are expecting better conditions over the next six months. The Future General Activity Index remained positive for the eighth consecutive month and increased from 51.9 in July to 56.8 (see chart above).
MP: Notice in the chart above that the levels and trends of both the Current Activity Index and the Future Activity Index in August are looking very much like both of the indexes at the end of the 2001 recession.