Production in the United States industry dropped by 0.6 percent in January compared to a month earlier. That made the Federal Reserve known.

In general, economists had counted on a production growth of 0.1 percent. In December industrial production rose by a revised 0.1 percent. The occupancy rate in the US industry was 78.2 percent last month, compared to an adjusted 78.8 percent in December.

In the processing industry there was a production contraction of 0.9 percent. That is the strongest decline in eight months. In December production in the processing industry increased by a revised 0.8 percent. The manufacturing industry accounts for about 12 percent of the US economy.

In particular, the production of cars and car parts went down considerably last month, but shrinkage was also seen in other sectors. At utilities, production climbed. A slight increase was also seen in the mining industry.

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