U.S. industrial output rose sharply in April, the latest evidence that economic growth is picking up following a lackluster start to the year.
Industrial production—a measure of output at factories, mines and utilities—jumped 1.0% from a month earlier, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. That was the largest gain in more than three years.
The strong showing follows a string of upbeat April indicators, including the unemployment rate falling to its lowest level since 2007, solid consumer spending gains at online sellers, restaurants and other retailers, and existing-home sales climbing at their fastest pace in a decade. The broad-based growth across key sectors of the economy suggests healthy demand from consumers and businesses, reversing some gloomier readings from earlier in the year.
But I'm sure this is all the fruit of Barack Obama's eight years of exceptional leadership.
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.