AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 file photo shows the Empire State Building in midtown New York. The Federal Reserve of New York releases its March survey of manufacturers on Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) New York manufacturing grows at slower pace in March as orders and shipments weaken WASHINGTON – Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a slightly slower pace in March, dragged by weaker shipments and new orders.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that that its Empire State manufacturing index slipped to 6.9 in March from a reading of 7.8 in February.The survey adds to signs that factory output may be slowing after solid gains for much of last year. The rising value of the dollar has hurt exports by making American-made goods more expensive in overseas markets.While orders and shipments were lacklustre, labour markets showed promising strength, with solid gains in employment levels and a longer average workweek. Pricing pressures remained muted, with the index of prices manufacturers paid for materials down two points to 12.4.The New York Fed’s Empire State survey provides an early look at U.S. manufacturing each month. The New York Fed surveys 200 businesses in the state and typically receives responses from about 100. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2015 6:49 am MDT read more