Industrial production in the nation was down 0.2% in May while capacity utilization fell to 79.4, according to data released by the Federal Reserve Board yesterday.

The drop in production level followed a 0.7% decrease in April, while that month’s capacity use was a revised 79.6, originally reported as 79.7.

IFR Markets had forecast a 0.1% increase in production, and an 79.7% level for capacity utilization.

Excluding motor vehicles and parts, production fell 0.2%, while excluding high-tech industry, production also slipped 0.2%. Excluding both categories, production was down 0.3%.

By industry group, manufacturing fell 1.8% at utilities, with electric utilities off 2.7% and gas rising 2.1% Mining production rose 0.1% in the month.

Manufacturing capacity fell to 77.5 from 77.7 last month, while utilities capacity slid to 83.7 from 85.4.

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