Manufacturing in Utah slipped again in December as falling numbers for new orders failed to offset job growth, the Goss Institute for Economic Research said Wednesday,
The institute's Business Conditions Index fell to 54.2, the lowest reading of 2012, from November's 57.3. A reading of 50 or more indicates growth. Readings above 57 are considered robust.
Nationally, the Institute for Supply Management said its index of manufacturing activity rose in December, to 50.7. That's up from a reading of 49.5 in November, which was the lowest reading since July 2009, one month after the recession ended.