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Chicago Business Barometer Unexpectedly Dips To Lowest Level Since July

(RTTNews) - Chicago-area business activity unexpectedly contracted at an accelerated rate in the month of February, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Thursday.

MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer slipped to 44.0 in February from 46.0 in January, with a reading below 50 indicating contraction. Economists had expected the index to rise to 48.0.

With the unexpected decrease, the Chicago business barometer fell to its lowest level since July 2023.

The dip by the Chicago business barometer came as the production index tumbled by 5.8 points to its lowest level since May 2023, as a greater proportion of respondents reported lower production.

The employment index also plunged by 6.0 points to its lowest level since July 2023, with the smallest proportion of respondents reporting increased employment since May 2020.

Meanwhile, the new orders index inched up by 0.3 points to its highest level since November 2023, and the orders backlogs index rose by 1.1 points.

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