Manufacturing activity in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s region “eased further in April, but activity remained expansionary and well above year-ago levels,” according to the bank’s monthly manufacturing survey, released Thursday.

“Factories in our region report continued growth, especially in employment, but at somewhat slower rates than in previous months, when unseasonably warm weather may have helped boost activity,” said Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at the Kansas City Fed.

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