According to Gardner's precision machining index from November 2013, production grew for the second month in a row. Backlogs continued to contract, but the backlog index was above 40 for the second month in a row after falling below 40 the previous 5 months. Employment expanded for the first time since May. Exports continued to contract as the dollar remains relatively strong. Supplier deliveries lengthened for the fourth straight month.
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