Indicator: Nebraska economy to grow slowly this summer

Released on 02/19/2016, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb., February 19th, 2016 —

The Nebraska economy should grow modestly during summer 2016, according to the latest leading economic indicator report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The indicator, a composite of economic factors that predict growth six months into the future, showed a slight increase of 0.11 percent in January.

"The leading indicator continues to signal modest growth in the Nebraska economy," said economist Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A strengthening dollar is creating headwinds for Nebraska exporters, he said.

"Economic growth in Nebraska is held back by a rising U.S. dollar, which limits potential growth in manufacturing and agriculture," Thompson said.

Business expectations were a bright spot for the Nebraska economy. Respondents to the January Survey of Nebraska Business predicted strong growth in sales and employment at their businesses over the next six months. In addition, initial claims for unemployment insurance declined, a sign that Nebraska's labor market continues to strengthen. Manufacturing hours and airline travel also increased slightly in January.

Faculty and students in the Economics Department and the Bureau of Business Research in UNL’s College of Business Administration produce the monthly leading economic indicator report.

The full report and a technical report describing the indicators are available at the UNL Bureau of Business Research website,

Writer: Leslie Reed, University Communications