Overall industrial production rose 1.0 percent last month, also the biggest gain since February 2014, with pickups in coal mining and in drilling and support activities in the oil and gas industry.
WASHINGTON-U.S. industrial output rose sharply in April, the latest evidence that economic growth is picking up following a lackluster start to the year.
United Nations vows sanctions over N Korea missile test
In all, six sets of sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006. In a statement, the 15-member Council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no further such tests.
Factory production has risen three of four months this year.
US factory activity was stagnant through much of 2016 but picked up early this year amid steady job creation, a stable dollar, stronger demand from overseas and soaring optimism following the election of President Donald Trump. ISM manufacturing readings for each month this year have been higher than any month in 2015 or 2016.
Trump says he has 'absolute right' to share facts with Russians
Reporters spent much of the evening camped out adjacent to Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office, hoping for answers. The revelations drew strong condemnation from Democrats and a rare rebuke of Trump from some Republican lawmakers.
The report also said capacity utilization in the industrial sector climbed to 76.7 percent in April from 76.1 percent in March.
In comparison to a year ago, output in mining was especially strong, clocking in with an advance of 7.3%, although it remained 11.2% below its December 2014 peak, the Federal Reserve said. And utility output rose 0.7% after surging 8.2% in March.
Snowbirds Cancel Appearance at Duluth Airshow
But in a Facebook posting , the team said that despite several "well-executed" shows so far, more training was needed. It's not clear when the Snowbirds will perform next; the team has also canceled an appearance in Rhode Island.
The bigger than expected increase in production was partly due to a rebound in manufacturing output, which surged up by 1.0 percent in April after falling by 0.4 percent in March. Capacity use remains below the long-run average of 79.9%, a sign the economy is operating below its potential.
- Europol Reports More than 200000 Affected by Cuber Attack
- Researchers Say They've Identified the Mysterious Lights Above Earth
- Arctic Nations Meet in Alaska Under Climate Change Concern
- New French prime minister took job because of "unique" situation
- Trump Considering a Dozen Candidates for FBI Director
- Zidane insists Madrid aren't taking La Liga triumph for granted
- Celtics one win away from Conference Finals
- Phil Kessel's goal evens Eastern Conference Final at 1-1
- Putin Plays The Piano, With Perhaps Unintentional Undertones
- Man Decapitated Mom On Mother's Day, sheriff's office says