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Indicator: Outlook for 2017 Remains Steady

Dec 16 2016 3:00 AM
Indicator: Outlook for 2017 Remains Steady
Nebraska’s economic growth will remain modest through the first half of 2017, according to the latest leading economic indicator report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 
The indicator, a composite of economic factors that predict economic growth six months into the future, fell by 0.32 percent in November.
 
“The November decrease followed increases in September and October,” said economist Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research at the university. “Taken together recent results suggest that the Nebraska economy will grow next year but that the rate of growth will be modest.”
 
December 2016 Leading Economic Indicator Nebraska
December 2016 Leading Economic Indicator Nebraska
Airline passenger counts and manufacturing hours declined during November, both potentially negative signs for the Nebraska economy. There also was an increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance and another increase in the value of the U.S. dollar.
 
“A rising dollar is a drag on Nebraska’s export-oriented businesses, such as agriculture and manufacturing,” Thompson said. “For example, a higher dollar is associated with lower prices for agricultural commodities.”
 
Just two components of the indicator rose during November. There was an increase in building permits for single-family homes. Business expectations also were positive, as respondents to the November Survey of Nebraska Business reported plans to expand both sales and employment over the next six months.

Indicator: Outlook for 2017 Remains Steady

Dec 16 2016 3:00 AM
Indicator: Outlook for 2017 Remains Steady
Nebraska’s economic growth will remain modest through the first half of 2017, according to the latest leading economic indicator report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
 
The indicator, a composite of economic factors that predict economic growth six months into the future, fell by 0.32 percent in November.
 
“The November decrease followed increases in September and October,” said economist Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research at the university. “Taken together recent results suggest that the Nebraska economy will grow next year but that the rate of growth will be modest.”
 
December 2016 Leading Economic Indicator Nebraska
December 2016 Leading Economic Indicator Nebraska
Airline passenger counts and manufacturing hours declined during November, both potentially negative signs for the Nebraska economy. There also was an increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance and another increase in the value of the U.S. dollar.
 
“A rising dollar is a drag on Nebraska’s export-oriented businesses, such as agriculture and manufacturing,” Thompson said. “For example, a higher dollar is associated with lower prices for agricultural commodities.”
 
Just two components of the indicator rose during November. There was an increase in building permits for single-family homes. Business expectations also were positive, as respondents to the November Survey of Nebraska Business reported plans to expand both sales and employment over the next six months.