Our good buddy Dr. Joe Webb does an excellent blog on the economics of printing. Each month he reports on printing shipments in dollar values:
August 2011 US commercial printing shipments were $7.2 billion, up +$210 million compared to August 2010. This was a +3% increase in current dollars. The prior four months, April through July, were down significantly, so this was welcome news. For the first eight months of 2011, current dollar shipments were up $118 million. On an inflation-adjusted basis, shipments were down -$57 million (-0.8%). For the first eight months of 2011, inflation-adjusted shipments were down nearly -$1.6 billion.
The general economic news still has a sideways bounce-along-the-bottom pattern. The October 7 national unemployment report has been the main focus of expectations for the past two weeks. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also publishes state employment data, down to the industry level.
Dr. Joe has great charts of the data so it's worth a gander. Only time will tell if August's bump can be sustained or if it's just an anomaly. Tune in next month and we'll find out together.