This month’s Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Report on Business indicates the region’s manufacturing sector continues to improve, as the general business conditions index increased to 21.4 in May from 20.2 in April,.

The prices paid index was 35.5 compared to 42.7 in April, while the new orders index fell to 6.1 from 13.9, shipments jumped to 15.8 from 5.6, the unfilled orders index dropped to negative 3.0 from negative 0.9, and the delivery times index slipped to negative 1.2 from 5.4.

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