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Prepared by the UNL College of Business, Bureau of Business Research


Copyright 2017 Eric Thompson, UNL Bureau of Business Research


The Leading Economic Indicator – Nebraska (LEI-N) 1 rose by 1.86% during September of 2017. The increase in the LEI-N, which is designed to predict economic activity six months into the future, suggests solid economic growth in Nebraska during the first quarter of 2018. The rise in the indicator was due to an increase in building permits for single-family homes and growth in manufacturing hours-worked. There also was a decline in the value of the dollar in September, which is positive for Nebraska exporters. Finally, there were positive business expectations. Businesses responding to the September Survey of Nebraska Business reported plans to increase sales and employment over the next six months. There was, however, a modest increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance during September on a seasonally adjusted basis.