Manufacturing activity in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's region " improved further, and producers' expectations also edged higher after easing last month," according to the bank's monthly manufacturing survey, released Thursday.

"Although some District firms noted weakness in August associated with federal spending cuts and difficulties finding workers, we were encouraged to see another solid gain in our composite index and most of its components," said Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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