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A Manufacturing Blowout in Philly – or Not?

I’ll tell ya – I was in Philadelphia last Friday night and was amazed by how lively and genuinely urban the Rittenhouse Square area is (especially in contrast to still-determinedly un-urban Washington, D.C.). But as it turns out, if I really wanted excitement, I would have gone to one of the Philly area’s factories – because according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s new monthly survey of regional manufacturing activity, the area’s industry is having one of the biggest blowout months of all time.