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WASHINGTON — U.S. chemical production was flat in September, following no growth in August, according to the American Chemistry Council''s U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI).
Compared to September 2011, total chemical production in all regions was off by 0.5 percent, reflecting a worsening year-over-year comparison. The year-over-year comparisons were ahead in the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions, but continued to weaken. Year-over-year comparisons moved deeper into negative territory in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Northeast and West Coast regions.
On a year-to-date basis (comparing the first nine months of 2012 with those a year ago), chemical production was up 0.2 percent nationally, with only the Ohio Valley and Northeast regions ahead on a year-to-date basis.