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U.S. Manufacturing Is Still Weak, but It's Better Than China's

An employee works on the nose of a Boeing 777 airplane at the company's facility in Everett, Wash.
An employee works on the nose of a Boeing 777 airplane at the company's facility in Everett, Wash.Photograph by Mike Kane/Bloomberg

U.S. manufacturing activity grew ever so slightly last month, with the June Institute for Supply Management Purchasing Manager’s Index notching up a small gain to 50.9. (The PMI is considered the best indicator of manufacturing activity. Anything above 50 indicates growth.) Manufacturing activity has now expanded in five of the first six months of 2013.

While June’s PMI is the best number since March, there are plenty of weak spots.