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Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization

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Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization (QPC)

The Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization provides statistics on the rates of capacity utilization for the U.S. manufacturing and publishing sectors.

  • The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) and The Department of Defense (DOD) co-fund the survey.
  • The survey collects data on actual, full, and emergency production levels.
  • Data are obtained from manufacturing and publishing establishments by means of a mailed questionnaire.
  • Respondents are asked to report actual production, an estimate of their full production capability, and an estimate of their national emergency production.
  • From these reported values, full and emergency utilization rates are calculated.
  • The survey produces full and emergency utilization rates for the manufacturing and publishing sectors defined by the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS).
  • Final utilization rates are based on information collected from survey respondents.



Latest QPC Release

  • 2014 First Quarter   Excel [151kb]

Address inquiries concerning this report to U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing and Construction Division, HQ-7K145, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington DC, 20233, or call the survey line at 1-800-201-4647 ext 5.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization | (301) 763-4667 |  Last Revised: June 24, 2014