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CSUSB report: Inland PMI dips below 50 – again
IE Business Daily
Oct. 7, 2019
For the second time in four months, the Inland Empire’s purchasing managers index has dipped below 50, the number that determines whether the region’s manufacturing sector is expanding or contracting.
September’s index, 49.7, was down from 50 in August and 55 in July, according to data release by the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis <> at Cal State San Bernardino, which applies the monthly analysis.
“For the past few months the local purchasing managers index has shown a great deal of variability,” said Barbara Sirotnik, institute director and co-author of the report, in a statement. “This trend is somewhat of a concern, especially since the national purchasing managers index dipped below 50 in August for the first time in 35 months, reflecting weakness in the manufacturing sector.”
Sirotnik identified two positives from this month’s report.
First, production and new orders were above the 50 percent baseline, which shows growth: Production increased from 48.3 to 56.7 this month and new orders increased from 51.7 to 53.3.
Second, the purchasing managers Index isn’t close to 42.9, the number that indicates the economy is contracting.
Read the complete article at “Inland PMI dips below 50 – again.”

Political events, such as the impeachment inquiry, can be a catalyst for an increase in hate crime, CSUSB professor says
Oct. 5, 2019
The work of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism was mentioned on the Oct. 5 episode of the show “It’s Only Been a Minute.” NPR reporter Kirk NPR reporter Kirk Siegler shared that he is working on a story on the topic of President Trump facing an impeachment inquiry, and that the president’s rhetoric is becoming more extreme, using words like 'coup' and 'civil war.'
At the same time, domestic terror experts are seeing an uptick in violent messaging from white nationalist groups, angry about the challenge to the president, Siegler said.
At about 6 minutes and 40 seconds into the segment, Siegler said he spoke with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, who told him that a concern would be action taken by “lone wolf” extremists, those not tied to any particular organized group but who decide to act out on their own.
“When we have a political event, that can be a catalyst not only for an increase in hate crime, but also political violence overall, as well as instances of terrorist plots and actual achieved attacks,” Levin said.
Listen to the segment at “Weekly Wrap: Funk's resurgence in pop, the future of Title VII, domestic extremism.” The portion on extremists and the impeachment inquiry starts at about 3 minutes and 5 seconds into the program.

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