So, the worker bees at the Bureau of the Census have released the April data for the June 2015 Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders report.
After putting the data in True Dollars™, for new orders, the change from the previous month looks bad along with the change from the previous year as well as from five years ago. Only the change from the previous quarter looks good.
There are a few bright spots, though. It is from here that a basis of true recovery likely is forming.
The industries that are showing consistent bettering are construction materials, electric components, industrial machinery, material handling, ferrous metal foundries, iron and steel mills.