For the sixth straight month, a report from the National Association of Purchasing Management-Buffalo indicates that manufacturing is on the rise in Western New York.
The August index was 57, compared to 61.4 in July and 53 in June. If the index is at 50 or higher, that means that the trend is increasing.
"Ultimately I would say it's close enough to be considered unchanged," said Jay Walker, assistant professor of economics at Niagara University. He authors the monthly report, for which he compiles survey data from area businesses.
Walker said it looks to him as if the region is keeping pace with what's happening statewide, adding, "And not only for us, but nationally things have been getting better."
The methodology to gather and calculate local data, Walker said, is similar to what the National Association of Purchasing Managers does to process its monthly reports on U.S. manufacturing activity.