Factory shipments jumped 0.7% after declining in both November and December.
- Excluding transportation equipment, shipments of manufactured goods rose 1.2% for the month.
- Total factory shipments rose 6.2% in the past year, or 4.7%, excluding transportation equipment.
… Shipments have dipped 0.4% since June, a decrease of 2.0%, excluding transportation equipment.
The number of manufacturing job openings in January was 803,000, up from December’s 797,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.