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The fiscal cliff is negatively impacting new orders and jobs in US manufacturing

Yesterday the ISM Manufacturing Report on Business came out and it showed a large decline in the US manufacturing sector. The headline PMI number of 49.5% means that the US manufacturing sector is below the 50% threshold that separates expansion and contraction. The best interpretation for why the manufacturing sector has taken a tumble is the fiscal cliff.

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