U.S. industrial production tumbles in September amid Hurricane Ida impact, supply constraints

 U.S. industrial production tumbles in September amid Hurricane Ida impact, supply constraints

WASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production tumbled in September due to the lingering effects of Hurricane Ida and severe supply constraints, the U.S. Federal Reserve said on Monday.

Total industrial production fell 1.3 percent in September, following a revised decline of 0.1 percent in August, the Fed said. The industrial production was previously reported to have risen 0.4 percent in August.

Manufacturing output, which accounts for about 75 percent of industrial production, fell 0.7 percent last month, as the production of motor vehicles and parts fell 7.2 percent due to shortages of semiconductors, according to the Fed.

“The lingering effects of Hurricane Ida more than accounted for the drop in mining in September; they also contributed 0.3 percentage point to the drop in manufacturing,” the Fed said, adding overall, about 0.6 percentage point of the drop in total industrial production resulted from the impact of the hurricane.

“Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29, and was partially to blame for weakness” in the industrial production, Tim Quinlan and Shannon Seery, economists at Wells Fargo Securities, said Monday in a note, noting the storm limited oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico for the first half of September.

“But we cannot chalk up all of September’s weakness to Ida’s harsh effects. Relatively cooler weather caused utilities output to slide 3.6 percent, and manufacturing continues to be limited by severe supply constraints. In short, the difficulty sourcing both product and labor is constraining output,” they said.

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