Empire Manufacturing Contracts For 5th Month As Workweek Crashes Near Record Lows

While Empire Fed Manufacturing survey modestly beat expectations (-4.6 vs -7 exp), it has been in contraction for 5 straght months. The biggest driver of the 'beat' was a massive surge in 'hope' (six month outlook surged from 20 to 38.5 - its biggest percentage gain since Nov 2011). At the same time as hope soars, employment tumbles to 6 year lows and average workweek collapses to its lowest since the peak of the crisis in 2009.

5th straight month of contraction...

 

As Hope surges and Average workweek collapses...

 

And Employment hits 6 year lows...

 

Time to raise rates!!

 

Charts: Bloomberg