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


Copyright 2016 Eric Thompson


Respondents to the September Survey of Nebraska Business had a positive outlook for employment growth and a slightly positive outlook for sales growth over the next six months. To be specific, 27 percent of respondents to the September 2015 survey expected to increase sales over the next 6 months while 24 percent expected to decrease sales. Respondents also were more likely to plan to increase employment (12%) than reduce it (5%). Businesses in the Northeast Nebraska region were the most optimistic about their outlook for the next six months, followed by the Omaha region. The outlook also was modestly positive in Southeast and West Nebraska and neutral in Central Nebraska. When asked about the most important issue facing their business, customer demand was the top issue named by 30 percent of respondents. The quality and availability of labor was named as the top issue by 19 percent. Regulation was chosen as the top issue by 15 percent of respondents while 9 percent chose taxes.

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