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 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.