WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. industrial output edged up just 0.1 percent in May as supply chain disruptions from the earthquake in Japan disrupted auto production for a second straight month, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.
Despite a 1.5 percent drop in auto production, manufacturing output rose 0.4 percent as factories made up for production lost in April because of tornadoes in the South.
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Overall industrial production was also supported by a 0.5 percent gain in mining production, the Fed said.
Economists had looked for a 0.2 percent increase in industrial output.
Capacity use, a measure of how close firms are to running their facilities at maximum capability, was flat at 76.7 percent, below the average over the past three decades.
Analysts had expected a slightly higher capacity use rate of 77 percent.
(Reporting by Rachelle Younglai, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)