Business leaders say area’s economy improving with gradual reopening

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A new survey of business leaders from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota that was released Wednesday suggests the economy has started to recover as businesses reopened in the past month.

But Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the Midwest and Plains states’ economies remain weaker than before the coronavirus outbreak began. And business leaders expect the economy to continue improving over the next six months.

The region’s overall index jumped into positive territory at 50.3 in June from May’s 43.5. Any score above 50 suggests growth, while scores below 50 suggest decline.

From the Associated Press

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