Midwest economic confidence level drops in survey

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Despite positive economic signs in nine
Midwest and Plains states, fewer of the supply managers surveyed
for the July Business Conditions Index are confident about the
regional recovery.

In the Mid-America report released Monday, the July confidence
index dropped to 54.8, its lowest level since February 2009.

The overall index dipped to 60.8 from 62.5 in June and 64.2 in

The report uses a collection of indexes that range from zero to
100, and any score above 50 suggests economic growth in the next
three to six months. The report is overseen by Creighton University
economist Ernie Goss.

States included in the survey are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas,
Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South

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