Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 05/01/2012 09:34:05 AM PDT

Inland Empire manufacturing remained in a growth pattern in April, but the pace of that growth slowed sharply from the previous month.

The region’s Purchasing Manager’s Index, compiled from a survey of San Bernardino and Riverside county manufacturers, registered at 52.9 in April.

Any number greater than 50 signifies growth.

“We continue to see slow but steady growth in the sectors we serve,” said Brett Guge, executive vice president of California Steel in Fontana.

“We’ve seen less growth, unfortunately, in construction, but more in utilities, manufacturing and agriculture,” Guge continued.

In March, the index stood at 60.8. which indicated a booming month for the region’s manufacturers. April’s slower pace of growth may illustrate that over the course of more than a single month, it’s more reasonable to expect a modest recovery for the region.

Manufacturers’ told researchers in April that hiring and production increases continued, but at a slower pace than during March. New orders went flat.

“The less-than-optimal indicators could simply be an adjustment from last month’s `high,”‘ Cal State San Bernardino researchers Shel Bockman and Barbara Sirotnik wrote in their report.

“Or they could reflect the fragility of the recovery, particularly in light of recent news reports which emphasize increasing concerns about the global economy in countries such as Greece, Spain, and Britain,” the researchers continued.

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