Steady as it goes was the theme of this month's Business Outlook Survey released Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
The survey of area manufacturers showed continued modest improvement in economic activity and an optimism that things will be better in six months.
It marked the seventh month in a row that the survey showed a positive response from manufacturers.
The survey is based on responses from area manufacturers questioned about a series of business indicators and whether they were up or down for the month. Those indicators include new orders, shipments, inventories, number of employees, and average employee workweek.