A regional index for US chemical production (CPRI) slipped
by 0.1% in June, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) trade
group said on Wednesday, following a downwardly-revised 0.5%
decline in May.
Chemical production fell in the Gulf Coast, Midwest,
Southeast and West Coast regions and was flat in the Ohio
Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions.
Though overall US chemical production activity declined in
June, individual components measured by the index were
Declines in production of plastic resins, fertilizers,
adhesives, organic chemicals and pharmaceuticals were offset by
gains in the output of inorganic chemicals, industrial gases,
consumer products, pesticides, coatings and synthetic
In contrast to chemical production, output of the nations
overall manufacturing sector rose by 0.2%, the ACC said,
following a 0.1% decline in May.
This increase was driven in part by output gains in several
key chemistry end-use markets, including appliances, motor
vehicles, computers, apparel, structural panels, rubber
products, paper and printing.
The manufacturing sector, which rebounded strongly following
the recession, has moderated in recent months as slower global
growth has depressed demand for US exports.
Compared to June 2011, total chemical production in all
regions was up by 0.3% and was down year-over-year in all
regions except the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley.
On a year-to-date basis (comparing the first six months of
2012 with those a year ago), chemical production was up 0.2%
nationally, the ACC said.
Only the Ohio Valley and Northeast regions were ahead on a
For full index data, including specific regional breakdowns,
read the ACCs news release by clicking here.