The July 2013 Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that conditions for New York manufacturers continued to improve modestly. The general business conditions index rose two points to 9.5. The new orders index rose ten points to 3.8, and the shipments index climbed twenty-one points to 9.0. The prices paid index fell four points to 17.4, pointing to a slower pace of input price increases, while the prices received index fell to 1.1, suggesting that selling prices were little changed. Employment indexes were mixed, and indicated little positive momentum in the labor market. The index for number of employees inched up to 3.3, while the average workweek index remained negative at -7.6. Indexes for the six-month outlook were generally higher–a sign that optimism about future business conditions had strengthened.
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