Insights from Manufacturing New Orders Data - Manufacturing Insights Session 1

September 27, 2023
Insights from Manufacturing New Orders Data - Manufacturing Insights Session 1

Dive into some new manufacturing order data with Dan.

Here's the live session. Summary below video.

In the ever-evolving world of manufacturing, understanding the patterns and shifts can prove invaluable for businesses. Recently, we delved deep into the Federal Reserve's dataset to decipher the undercurrents of the manufacturing industry. Here are some fascinating findings:

1. Efficiency and Automation on the Rise

Our exploration of the data depicted an inverse correlation between the number of employees in the manufacturing industry and the value of new orders. Simply put, fewer employees are generating a higher value in orders. This could be an indication of:

  • Increasing automation in processes
  • Higher efficiency in production

2. Spotting the Highs and Lows of Monthly Orders

Analyzing monthly order patterns from 1992 to 2023, we found that:

  • March and June consistently rank high, often making the top three months for new orders.
  • In contrast, January, February, and July typically record lower orders.

Moreover, significant economic events, such as recessions or global crises, notably influence these patterns, shifting order timelines.

3. Growth Perspectives: Manufacturing vs. Inflation & GDP

In a comparative assessment of manufacturing growth with inflation and GDP:

  • Manufacturing slightly outpaces both inflation and GDP growth.
  • Despite this growth, the sector employs fewer individuals, marking an evident rise in efficiency and productivity.


The manufacturing sector's dynamics have a story to tell. Automation and efficiency seem to be driving the industry forward, outpacing even the GDP and inflation growth. However, with fewer employees in the mix, the socio-economic implications are worth pondering.

Stay tuned as we unravel more insights from the manufacturing world in our upcoming sessions. Don't forget to check our YouTube channel and other social media profiles for more data-driven explorations.

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