ISM Manufacturing Employment in the United States increased to 54.20 points in December from 53.30 points in November of 2021. ISM Manufacturing Employment in the United States averaged 50.19 points from 1950 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 73.70 points in February of 1951 and a record low of 27.80 points in May of 1982. The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business is based on data compiled from purchasing and supply executives nationwide. Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month compared to the previous month. For each of the indicators measured (New Orders, Backlog of Orders, New Export Orders, Imports, Production, Supplier Deliveries, Inventories, Customers’ Inventories, Employment and Prices), the report shows the percentage reporting each response, the net difference between the number of responses in the positive economic direction and the negative economic direction, and the diffusion index. A PMI reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally declining. This page includes a chart with historical data for the United States ISM Manufacturing Employment.