By John S. McClenahen The numbers could have been worse. Nevertheless, the latest data on U.S. industrial production and initial claims for unemployment insurance are consistent with a weak economy. In July, U.S. industrial production -- which includes mining and utilities in addition to manufacturing -- rose 0.2%, its seventh consecutive monthly increase, reports the Federal Reserve Board. However, the rate of growth was dramatically lower than June's 0.7% and May's 0.5%. What's more, U.S. industry operated at just 76.1% of capacity in July, just one-tenth of a percentage point better than June's figure and a full 5.8 percentage points below the 1967-2001 average. Meanwhile, the number of initial job claims rose 6,000 to 388,000 during the week ending Aug. 10, says the U.S. Labor Department's Employment & Training Administration. That's opposite of the decline to 375,000 that most economists anticipated. The closely watched four-week moving average of claims also rose -- by 1,250 to 381,750 -- during the week ending Aug. 10.