2020 New Orders

The value of manufacturers’ new orders across multiple industries, updated monthly.

Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Year-over-year, new orders declined for all manufacturing industries (down by an average 22.6 percent, or by 112.4 million) as of April 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. New orders for the Transportation Equipment industry bore the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, dropping by 69.6 percent compared to April 2019. The Durable Goods Industries followed with a 29.9 percent decrease, while orders for Primary Metals declined by 22.2 percent.

The industries that were least affected due to a lot of people still working from home, but still registered declines, were Computers and Electronic Products and Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components. The smallest decrease came from Computers and Electronic Products, down by 0.6 percent year-over-year, while Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components recorded a 6.9 percent drop.

New orders fell on a month-over-month basis as well for all manufacturing industries, down by 18.8 percent, or by $88.7 million. The same industries that were hit hardest on a year-over-year basis were most impacted month-over-month as well. New orders dropped by 62.1 percent for Transportation Equipment, followed by Durable Goods with a 26.9 percent decrease and Primary Metals with a 17.3 percent decline. Furniture and Related Products recorded smaller declines in new orders, down by 11.9 percent, followed by Nondurable Goods Industries, down by 11.1 percent.

—Posted on June 30, 2020


Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Year-over-year, new orders decreased for all manufacturing industries (down by an average 10.3 percent, or by 54.6 million) as of March 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. New orders for the Transportation Equipment industry recorded the steepest decline, down by 39 percent compared to March 2019. The Durable Goods Industries followed with a 14.9 percent drop, while orders for Primary Metals fell by 7.4 percent.

In light of current events and with many people spending more time at home, it comes as no surprise that new orders for Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components increased on a year-over-year basis by 5.5 percent—the most notable rise as of March. Orders for Furniture and Related Products were also up, increasing by 2.4 percent.

On a month-over-month basis, new orders increased slightly, up by 0.3 percent, or by $1.3 million, for all manufacturing industries. Most likely a direct result of countrywide stay-at-home orders, new orders for Computers and Electronic Products rose by 25 percent, followed by Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components, up by 13.7 percent.

The most significant decrease on a month-over-month basis came from Transportation Equipment—orders fell by 24.1 percent. New orders declined slightly for Durable Goods Industries, down by 2.1 percent.

—Posted on May 25, 2020


Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Year-over-year, new orders posted modest gains for all manufacturing industries (up by an average 2.9 percent, or by 13.4 million) as of February 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. New orders for the Transportation Equipment industry topped the list, up by 6.7 percent compared to February 2019. Furniture and Related Goods followed closely, with a 6.5 percent increase, while orders for Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components were up by 4.7 percent.

On the other end of the spectrum, new orders declined for Fabricated Metal Products on a year-over-year basis by 3.2 percent—the largest decrease as of February. Only another industry recorded a drop in new orders as of February—Machinery was down slightly, by 0.4 percent.

On a month-over-month basis, new orders increased by an average 2.3 percent for all manufacturing industries, or by $10.6 million. Transportation Equipment registered the most considerable surge (up by 17.2 percent), followed by Primary Metals (up by 7.1 percent) and Furniture and Related Products (up by 5.8 percent). Only two sectors posted declines month-over-month—orders for the Nondurable Goods Industries were down by 2.3 percent, followed by Fabricated Metal Products (down by just 0.6 percent).

—Posted on April 27, 2020


Not seasonally adjusted; $ in millions

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Year-over-year, new orders increased insignificantly for all manufacturing industries (just by an average 0.03 percent) as of January 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Across the board, the most notable improvement came from the Furniture and Related Products sector, up by 4.8 percent compared to January 2019. New orders also increased for Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components (up by 2.5 percent) and the Nondurable Goods industries (up by 2.4 percent).

New orders declined considerably for Transportation Equipment on a year-over-year basis (down by 6.6 percent, the largest decrease as of January), followed by Primary Metals with a 5.3 percent drop. Orders for Durable Goods decreased by 2.4 percent, followed by Machinery (down by 1.6 percent).

On a month-over-month basis, new orders fell by an average 6.1 percent for all manufacturing industries, or by $30.4 million. Computers and Electronic Products registered the most significant drop (down by 27 percent), followed by Transportation Equipment (down by 18.3 percent) and Durable Goods, with an 8.9 percent decrease. Primary Metals recorded the largest increase month-over month, up by 10.9 percent, followed by Fabricated Metal Products (up by 7.5 percent) and Furniture and Related Products (up by 4.4 percent).

—Posted on March 27, 2020