Nov 23, 2019 3:00 PM

Survey of bankers shows rural economy growing in November

Posted Nov 23, 2019 3:00 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers suggests the economy continues growing in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but the ongoing trade disputes continue to hurt the outlook for more growth.

The Rural Mainstreet survey's overall index improved to 54.2 in November from October’s 51.4. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says bankers still have a weak outlook for the region because of the ongoing trade war with China.

The confidence index for the region remained in negative territory at 44.4 in November even though it was higher than October’s 36.5.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

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Nov 23, 2019 3:00 PM
Gemstone, copper bracelet jewelry workshop at Alliance library

Alliance – The Alliance Public Library will host a jewelry workshop on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants will create a wire-wrapped copper cuff with semi-precious gemstone beads. Patrons will be able to choose from a variety of different stones such as tiger-eye, cherry quartz, and jasper. No prior jewelry making skills are necessary to attend. 

The workshop is open to ages 12 and up, and minors should be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 10 participants with a registration deadline of December 4, and an $8.00 materials fee is due at the beginning of the class. For more information or to register, please contact the Alliance Public Library at 308-762-1387. 

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