The total industry capacity utilization rate increased to 72.6%, up 0.7% in January, but it is still far below, 8% under, its 1972 to 2009 average.
The Fed also released preliminary estimates of Industrial Capacity for 2010, and is projecting total industrial capacity to, "decrease 0.8 percent this year after having declined 0.9 percent in 2009."
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