Georgia manufacturing stumbles into new year, report says

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 1, 2016) — Manufacturing in Georgia started the year still moving forward but in a lower gear, according to a report today from the Kennesaw State University.

The sector, which employs more than 377,200 across the state, has run into some less-encouraging market conditions, according to the KSU Econometric Center, part of the Coles College of Business.

The center calculates a set of indices based on survey responses from manufacturing companies across Georgia. The answers are factored into the Purchasing Managers Index, which sums up how things look for manufacturing.

The overall index dipped from 52.5 to 52.0 in January, with a decline in five of the six categories measured in the monthly report, according to economist Don Sabbarese, director emeritus of the center.

A reading higher than 50 on the index indicates that manufacturing activity is expanding. Below 50 indicates that it is contracting.