Bidenomics Reality Check! Chicago Fed’s PMI Crashes To 41.4 (Usually Found In Recessions)

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by confoundedinterest17

Chicago Illinois used to be a shiny toy.

Soft’ survey data has been a bloodbath this week with regional Fed surveys all slumping and this morning’s Chicago PMI uglier than all expectations.

That smashed ‘hope’ – the spread between hard and soft data – back to cycle lows…

Source: Bloomberg

Today’s Chicago PMI plunged to 41.4 – its lowest since May 2023 – from 44.0 (and well below the expected bounce to 46.0)…

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Source: Bloomberg

That was below all analysts expectations for the second month in a row…

Source: Bloomberg

Under the hood was even more problematic:

  • New orders fell at a faster pace; signaling contraction
  • Employment fell at a slower pace; signaling contraction
  • Inventories fell at a faster pace; signaling contraction
  • Supplier deliveries fell and a faster pace; signaling contraction
  • Production fell at a faster pace; signaling contraction
  • Order backlogs fell at a slower pace; signaling contraction
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Worse still, Prices paid rose again!

So, in summary: slower growth, declining production, shrinking orders, falling employment… and accelerating inflation – is it any wonder that ‘soft survey’ data is collapsing – not exactly election-winning headlines.

Biden asking Zelenskyy for a loan so he can fix the bridge….

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