According to a survey published on Monday by The IHS Markit/CIPS, a London-based global information provider, the manufacturing PMI reading was 48.9 in November, down from 49.6 in October.
The manufacturing PMI - derived from indicators for new orders, output, employment, suppliers' delivery times and stocks of purchases - is a composite single-figure indicator of manufacturing performance. It has remained below the 50 line separating growth from contraction since June.
China's National Bureau of Statistics says new data indicates the country's manufacturing sector saw its first expansion in months on climbing overseas orders.
Meanwhile, the United States dollar remained under pressure today after China's manufacturing sector staged a surprise recovery in November.
However, there is certainly a sense that the worst might now be behind the sector, highlighted by today's numbers coming in ahead of analyst expectations.
"Rates of expansion in factory orders, production and exports remained far away from those recorded at the start of 2019, with subdued underlying demand largely blamed for this", noted Pollyanna De Lima, principal economist at IHS Markit.
The employment subindex rebounded back to expansionary territory in November after seven straight months of contraction. "Also, companies shed jobs for the first time in over a year-and-a-half and there was another round of reduction in input buying". "So while we still look for GDP growth to recover next year, we doubt that the manufacturing sector will play a role", says Tombs.