Travis Chambliss, left, and Jason Wallace unload the first tire produced at the Clinton Continental Tire Plant from a conveyor belt during the Continental Tire Grand Opening in Clinton, Miss., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. (Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

GM strike pushed US factory output down 0.5% in September

October 17, 2019 - 6:21 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output slumped 0.5% in September, as a strike at General Motors caused a steep decline in auto production amid broader struggles for manufacturers.

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that manufacturing production has fallen 0.9% over the past 12 months, a reflection of the disruptions and uncertainties caused by the U.S.-China trade war.

The G.M. strike led to a 4.2% decline last month in the making of autos. Excluding autos, factory output slipped a more modest 0.1% in September.

Total industrial production, which includes mining and utilities as well as manufacturing, slipped 0.4% in September.

Mining output fell 1.3% last month because of less crude oil being extracted and fewer wells being drilled. Production at utilities improved 1.4% as warm weather boosted demand for electricity.