U.S. Economy: Industrial Production, Confidence Climb (Update1) - BusinessWeek Production in the U.S. rose for a sixth consecutive month, consumers gained confidence and price increases slowed, indicating the economic recovery is being sustained into 2010 without generating inflation. When you read articles from business magazines and manufacturing magazines, the news is not great, but getting noticeably better. Even on a personal level. Where i work, the manufacturing shop went from 40 hours a week to 16 hours a week for over three months. Pay for the office was cut 10% and no funds added to 401 and insurance and dental were partially cut. Since the first of the year, hours are back to forty and this week, our 10% pay cut is rescinded. Yet, Republicans are having none of it. In fact, it seems they not only want the country to fail, but they "desperately" want the country to fail. Of course, al Qaeda wants that also.