Midwest manufacturing slips in September amid national rebound

Manufacturing activity is weakening, according to purchasing managers of companies in nine Midwestern states, including Missouri.

Creighton University surveys the purchasing managers monthly and generates an index based on their outlooks for sales, employment, prices and other factors.

The index, which was released Monday, fell to 45.5 in September, its third consecutive month below 50 and a sign that manufacturing activity is weakening. In August, the index was at 47.8.

Creighton economist Ernie Goss said manufacturing jobs already have fallen behind employment in service jobs and that the gap is widening.

Nationally, a survey of purchasing managers rose in September to a favorable 51.5 from 49.4 in August. Its move above neutral 50 returned the Institute of Supply Management report to show growth in manufacturing activity.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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