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K. Manufacturing Business Conditions

Instructions

Answer questions as they relate to you. For most answers, check the boxes most applicable to you or fill in the blanks.

    Compared to 2007, in 2008 your location's:

  1. Number of Orders
  2. Up

    Same

    Down

  3. Product / Service productions level
  4. Up

    Same

    Down

  5. Employment level
  6. Up

    Same

    Down

  7. Investment in plant/equipment
  8. Up

    Same

    Down

  9. Prices
  10. Up

    Same

    Down

  11. Profits
  12. Up

    Same

    Down

  13. Productivity
  14. Up

    Same

    Down

  15. Exports
  16. Up

    Same

    Down

    Compared to 2008, during 2009 you expect your location's:

  17. Number of Orders
  18. Up

    Same

    Down

  19. Product / Service productions level
  20. Up

    Same

    Down

  21. Employment level
  22. Up

    Same

    Down

  23. Investment in plant/equipment
  24. Up

    Same

    Down

  25. Prices
  26. Up

    Same

    Down

  27. Profits
  28. Up

    Same

    Down

  29. Productivity
  30. Up

    Same

    Down

  31. Exports
  32. Up

    Same

    Down

    What is your outlook on the following state economic indicators during the next year:

  33. Business investment
  34. Up

    Same

    Down

  35. Employment
  36. Up

    Same

    Down

  37. Consumer spending
  38. Up

    Same

    Down

  39. Inflation
  40. Up

    Same

    Down

  41. Economic growth
  42. Up

    Same

    Down

  43. Corporate profits
  44. Up

    Same

    Down

  45. Thinking about the next FIVE YEARS, how does your organization plan to deal with any vacancies left by employees who retire?
  46. (Select all that apply.)

    Not fill the vacancies

    Not fill the vacancies, but add jobs elsewhere in the organization

    Partially fill the vacancies with part-time or temporary workers

    Partially fill the vacancies and add jobs elsewhere in the organization

    Fill the vacancies at an equivalent or higher salary

    Outsource work that is currently being done within your organization

    Credit Conditions

  47. Has your company's access to bank credit deteriorated over the last 3 months?
  48. Yes, a lot

    Yes, some

    No

    N/A

  49. If yes, why?
  50. (Select all that apply.)

    Your firm's financial condition

    Your industry's financial condition

    Your bank's financial condition

    Overall credit market conditions

  51. If yes, how has your access to credit changed?
  52. (Select all that apply.)

    Higher cost for credit

    Lower credit ceilings

    Elimination of previous credit

    Other

  53. Has tighter credit negatively affected your firm's future plans for: (check for "yes")
  54. (Select all that apply.)

    Hiring

    Capital expenditures

    Expansion

    Inventory levels

    Other

  55. Has your firm tightened credit requirements for your customers?
  56. (Select all that apply.)

    Yes, tighter requirements

    Yes, higher cost for credit

    Yes, shorter repayment periods

    No

    N/A

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