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Monthly Update: Purchasing Managers Index

August '23, Latest Data
Published on 9/18/23

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Economic activity in Houston expanded at a modestly faster pace in August than July. Manufacturing reported contraction at a very slow pace and nonmanufacturing expanded at a minimally faster rate than last month, according to the most recent Houston Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) prepared by the Institute for Supply Management-Houston. The overall PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.6 in August, up from 52.1 in July. Readings above 50 indicate the region’s economy is expanding.

All three of the underlying indicators that have the strongest positive correlation with the Houston economy point to modest or strong economic expansion.

  • The sales/new orders index rose 2.8 points to 54.0.
  • The employment index rose 2.8 points to 56.8. 
  • The lead times index fell 0.9 points to 50.5.

The finished goods inventory index, the indicator that has the strongest inverse correlation with growth, rose 2.5 points to 54.7, giving a stronger signal of potential contraction.

Regarding the two major subcomponents:

  • The Houston Manufacturing PMI rose 2.3 points to 49.3, providing a minimal indication of contraction in this sector.
  • The Houston Nonmanufacturing PMI rose 1.4 points to 54.6, showing a modestly higher expansion rate for the industries in this sector.

On an industry-specific basis:

  • Health care, professional and management services, trade, transportation/warehousing, and construction reported moderate to strong expansion.
  • Oil and gas reported minimal expansion.
  • Manufacturing and real estate continue to report low to moderate contraction.

The PMI is published monthly by the Institute for Supply Management – Houston and is based on a survey of supply chain executives in the region. For additional information, click here.

Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Chief Economist
Senior Vice President, Research

Clara Richardson
Research Associate
Greater Houston Partnership


Economy Key Economic Indicators

Houston's PMI registered 53.6 in August '23

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