Economic Snapshot

 

CP's Economic Snapshot provides a quick overview of how the U.S. chemical industry and the overall U.S. economy are doing. Each month it tracks two chemical-industry-specific indicators: shipments and capacity utilization. It also includes data on the Chemical Activity Barometer. This metric, developed by the American Chemistry Council, takes into account that chemical industry activity occurs early in the supply chain and so offers a leading economic indicator for the overall U.S. economy.

Because of the time needed to collect and generate the data, results presented lag the date they are posted by several months.

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2014

Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot January 2014

Shipments and the Chemical Activity Barometer climbed a bit but capacity utilization slipped.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot February 2014

Shipments and capacity utilization slipped somewhat but the Chemical Activity Barometer rose slightly.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot April 2014

Shipments and capacity utilization slumped but the CAB rose slightly. Source: American Chemistry Council.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot May 2014

Shipments slipped slightly while capacity utilization and the CAB edged up.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot June 2014

Shipments and capacity utilization remained about the same but the CAB rose.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot July 2014

Shipments and the CAB rose but capacity utilization slipped. Source: American Chemistry Council.

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2013

Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot January 2013

Shipments and the CAB continued to rise but capacity ultilization slipped.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot February 2013

Shipments rose slightly but capacity utilization and the CAB both slipped a bit.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot March 2013

All three indicators posted modest gains.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot April 2013

Shipments and the Chemical Activity Baromoeter rose slightly while capacity utilization slipped a bit.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot May 2013

Shipments slipped slightly, while capacity utilization rose a bit and the CAB held steady.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot June 2013

Shipments sagged, capacity utilization remained level and the CAB rose.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot July 2013

Shipments dropped but capacity utilization remained level and the CAB rose.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot August 2013

Shipments and the CAB increased but capacity utilization slipped.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot September 2013

Shipments and capacity utilization slipped, but the CAB rose slightly.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot October 2013

Shipments and the Chemical Activity Barometer rose but capacity utilization slipped.

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Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot December 2013

Shipments and the CAB rose but capacity utilization slipped.

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