The manufacturing index for the Federal Reserve's Fifth District, which posted levels of zero in September and 1 in October, hit 13 in November, the Fed said. In December it stayed put.
Numbers above zero indicate growth, while below indicates contraction.
The index measuring the volume of new orders slid from 15 to 10 in November, while the shipments index dropped back one tick from 16 to 15, prompting the bank to say growth in the area's businesses slowed, despite the headline index holding its place.
The index marking the backlog of orders fell from minus 1 to minus 8.
The index that measures employment went the other way, jumping from 6 to 14. Hours of work showed slower growth, however, with the index measuring the average workweek dropping from 12 to 6.