A September survey of business supply managers suggests a slump in economic growth still grips nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued Tuesday, but Nebraska’s overall index moved slightly into positive territory.

The Mid-America Business Conditions index fell further below growth neutral, hitting 49.1 last month compared with 49.3 in August. The figure was 52.0 in July.

The decline was the fifth in six months for the overall index, which had remained above growth neutral for 32 straight months.

Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.

Nebraska’s overall index climbed to 50.6 from August’s 49.3. Iowa’s overall index hit 49.6 last month. August’s figure was 49.7.

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