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Midwest Economic Survey Index Hits 3-Year High

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states hit a three-year high in April, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months, according to a report issued Thursday.

05/01/2014

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Survey: Midwest Economy Should Keep Growing

The economy should continue growing steadily in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday. The overall economic index for the region improved to 58.2 in March from 57.4 in February. That’s solidly above the neutral level of 50.

04/01/2014

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Survey Suggests Midwest Economy Losing Steam

An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is losing steam. The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped below growth neutral in the February survey, hitting 48.4, compared with 50.8 in January and 56.1 in December.

02/20/2014

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January Economic Survey Suggests Growth In Midwest

A new survey of business leaders released Monday signals the economy should continue growing in nine Midwestern and Plains states in the months ahead. The monthly economic index for the region rose to 57.7 last month, compared with 53.2 in December. That puts the index well above a neutral score of 50 and into positive territory.

02/03/2014

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Economic Survey Suggests Optimism For Midwest

A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months. The confidence index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 66.5 last month from 57.2 in November.

01/02/2014

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Economy Strong In Rural Parts Of 10 States

The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states remains strong as healthy rainfall this spring helps crops get established. The overall economic index for the region grew to 60.5 in June from May’s 58.8. That suggests growth in the months ahead.

06/20/2013

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Survey: More Slow Economic Growth Ahead In Midwest

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwest and Plains states dipped last month, suggesting only slow growth for the region over the next three to six months.

03/01/2013

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Midwest Bankers Survey Suggests Continued Growth

A new survey of rural bankers suggests that growth in farmland prices, cash rents and farm equipment sales remain strong despite the continuing threat of drought in some Midwestern and northern Plains states.

01/17/2013

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Survey Suggests Little Economic Growth In Midwest

A new survey of business leaders suggests little or no economic growth in most of a group of nine Midwest and Plains states through the end of the year, but the booming oil business will continue to drive growth in North Dakota and Oklahoma.

10/01/2012

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Report: Rural Midwest, West Growth Slowing

Economic growth has continued to slow in rural areas of 10 Midwestern and Western states because of the problems in Europe and elsewhere, according to a report released Thursday.

06/21/2012

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Midwest Economic Survey Suggests Growing Strength

A recent survey of supply managers suggests growing economic strength in a nine-state region of the Plains and Midwest.

05/01/2012

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Survey Suggests Further Slowing Of Midwest Growth

Results from a July survey of business conditions in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggest a slowdown in growth.

08/01/2011

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Economist: Exports Aiding Midwest Economic Growth

A survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that exports are helping fuel regional economic growth.

06/01/2011

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Fewer Firms Reporting Layoffs In Midwest Survey

Fewer layoffs and continued optimism mark a February regional economic survey for nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report released Tuesday.

03/01/2011

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Rising Farm Prices Push Midwest, Plains Economy

Pushed by rising farm commodity prices, the regional economy for nine Midwest and Plains states continues to improve at a healthy pace.

02/01/2011

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