Industrial output falls 0.1% unexpectedly amid supply issues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.1% in December, the first decline since September, with weakness in factory output showing that manufacturers are still struggling with snarled supply chains.

    The 0.1% decline was unexpected.

    Many economists had been forecasting a small increase, helped by a further rebound in manufacturing.

    Instead manufacturing output fell by 0.3% while as output at auto plants was down 1.3%.

    Automakers have been hurt by supply chain problems, especially shortages of the semiconductors that go into cars.

    Output at utilities was down 1.5% in December, reflecting unusually warm weather for the month.

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