US industrial production climbed 0.6 percent in November

By PAUL WISEMANEnergyAssociated Press

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FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo a United Auto Workers assemblyman installs the front doors on a 2018 Ford F-150 truck being assembled at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. On Friday, Dec. 14, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for November. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

U.S. industrial production climbed 0.6 percent on surging output at mines and utilities. But manufacturing production was flat.

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The Federal Reserve said Friday that that utility output rose 3.3 percent as power companies were busier because of unusually cold weather. Mining output rose 1.7 percent on higher production at coal mines and oil and gas drillers.

Overall industrial production is up 3.9 percent from November 2017.

But manufacturing was flat in November after falling 0.1 percent in October. Factories are contending with a stronger dollar that makes their products more expensive in foreign markets, slowing global growth and import taxes that raise their costs.