Factory orders in the US shrank 0.6 percent month-over-month in April of 2021, the first decline in 12 months and more than market forecasts of a 0.2 percent fall. transportation equipment recorded the biggest decrease (-6.6 percent), namely ships and boats (-62.8 percent), defense aircraft and parts (-8.5 percent) and motor vehicles (-1.8 percent). Orders for electrical equipment, appliances and components were also down (-0.7 percent). Excluding transportation, factory orders increased 0.5 percent. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Factory Orders in the United States averaged 0.26 percent from 1991 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 12.20 percent in July of 2014 and a record low of -13 percent in March of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Factory Orders - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Factory Orders - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2021.

Factory Orders in the United States is expected to be 0.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Factory Orders in the United States to stand at 0.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Factory Orders is projected to trend around 0.50 percent in 2022 and 0.30 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United States Factory Orders

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.60 1.40 12.20 -13.00 1991 - 2021 percent Monthly
Current Prices, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-03-04 03:00 PM Jan 2.6% 1.6% 2.1% 1.7%
2021-04-05 02:00 PM Feb -0.8% 2.7% -0.5% -0.7%
2021-05-04 02:00 PM Mar 1.1% -0.5% 1.3% 1.5%
2021-06-04 02:00 PM Apr -0.6% 1.4% -0.2% -0.3%
2021-07-02 02:00 PM May -0.6% 1%
2021-08-03 02:00 PM Jun
2021-09-02 02:00 PM Jul
2021-10-04 02:00 PM Aug


News Stream
US Factory Orders Drop for 1st Time in 12 Months
Factory orders in the US shrank 0.6 percent month-over-month in April of 2021, the first decline in 12 months and more than market forecasts of a 0.2 percent fall. transportation equipment recorded the biggest decrease (-6.6 percent), namely ships and boats (-62.8 percent), defense aircraft and parts (-8.5 percent) and motor vehicles (-1.8 percent). Orders for electrical equipment, appliances and components were also down (-0.7 percent). Excluding transportation, factory orders increased 0.5 percent.
2021-06-04
US Factory Orders Rise Less than Forecast
New orders for US manufactured goods rose by 1.1 percent from a month earlier in March 2021, rebounding from a revised 0.5 percent fall in February and but missing market expectations of a 1.3 percent growth. Demand increased for machinery (1.5 percent vs -0.2 percent in February), fabricated metal products (4.0 percent vs 0.4 percent), computers and electronic products (0.5 percent vs -0.2 percent), and primary metals (1.6 percent vs 1.2 percent). By contrast, orders for transport equipment were down for a second straight month (-1.6 percent vs -2.0 percent), led by civilian aircraft and parts (-46.9 percent vs 101.7 percent) and defense aircraft and parts (-20.2 percent vs -6.0 percent).
2021-05-04
US Factory Orders Fall for 1st Time in 10 Months
New orders for US manufactured goods dropped by 0.8 percent from a month earlier in February 2021, the first decrease since April's record contraction and compared with market expectations of a 0.5 percent drop. Demand for transport equipment declined by 1.8 percent, due to vehicles (-4.6 percent), defense aircraft (-3.8 percent), and ships and boats (-57.5 percent). Demand was also down for machinery (-0.8 percent), fabricated metal products (-0.8 percent), primary metals (-0.5 percent), and computers and electronic products (-0.4 percent).
2021-04-05
US Factory Orders Rise the Most in 6 Months
New orders for US manufactured goods rose by 2.6 percent from a month earlier in January 2021, the largest increase since last July and above market expectations of a 2.1 percent advance. Demand for transport equipment climbed by 7.7 percent, boosted by jumps in orders for civilian aircraft (389.9 percent), defense aircraft (63.1 percent), ships and boats (52.1 percent), and vehicles (1.6 percent). Demand also rose for fabricated metal products (1.8 percent), primary metals (3.3 percent), and electrical equipment, appliances, and components (4.0 percent); but fell for both machinery (-0.6 percent) and computers and electronic products (-0.5 percent).
2021-03-04

United States Factory Orders
Factory orders report is compiled from results of "Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey" and shows the value of new factory orders for both durable (50% of total orders) and non-durable goods. The survey is usually released a week after durable goods orders report. .