Manufacturing growth simmers in January

Growth in the manufacturing industry took a little bit of a dip in January, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index. The 53.7 index reading for January was a slight decrease from December's 55 reading.

Markit, the financial data firm that created the index, said lower output from companies and new order growth were contributed to the reading decrease in January. Output dropped from 57.5 in December to 53.4 in January, while new orders decreased from a 56.1 reading to 54.1.

Although the index showed a decrease, a reading over 50 marks expansion among the industry. January's reading is also slightly above the 53.5 average reading of 2013. Markit Chief Economist Chris Williamson said the industry is going to have a positive outlook for the year

"Output looks to be growing at an underlying rate of 2 percent per quarter, which is generating ongoing robust job creation of around 10,000 per month," Williamson said. "The survey provides the first indication of national economic trends at the start of 2014, and suggests that the worrying dip in non-farm payrolls seen in December is likely to have been a temporary blip in a firmer long-term trend."

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