New orders and shipments swung sharply from positive to negative and so did employment prospects. Details are in the table below (click to enlarge).
Then again, prospects for the US manufacturing sector can best be described as follows: Boeing. If you don't believe me, look at the next chart, also from the Fed, that shows new orders and backlogs for capital goods. Excluding aircraft, new and unfilled orders are at 1999-2000 levels..