The increase in the first quarter was driven by gains in construction and in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.
Following are the rates in percent:
Q1 2021 Q4 2020 (rev) Q4 2020 (prev)
Cap. utilization 81.7 79.7 79.2
Manufacturing 76.5 76.7 76.2
NOTE: Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast a first quarter rate of 80.6% capacity utilization.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer, editing by Dale Smith (email@example.com))