Survey shows growth for Nebraska's economy

June 1, 2021, 4 p.m. ·

Ernie Goss of Creighton University in a building with a staircase behind him.
Creighton Professor Ernie Goss is the head of the university's economic forecasting group. (Photo courtesy of Creighton University).

Creighton University has released its latest Mid-America Business Conditions Index for May, surveying nine Midwest states including Nebraska. Of the roughly 500 manufacturing supply managers surveyed, 23% indicated finding and hiring qualified workers is their biggest challenge. 

Index creator and head of Creighton’s Economic Forecasting Group Ernie Goss said the labor shortage could be due to people not wanting to go into work because of COVID-19 as well as those benefitting from larger unemployment payments. Despite the hiring struggles, he said things are looking strong for the Midwest manufacturing sector.

"I expect the Nebraska economy to continue to expand. Certainly, we are seeing some very good numbers in our survey and the national survey that came out this morning,” Goss said.

Nebraska's overall index for May dipped to 76.1 from 76.8 in April, although Goss said the latest number is still strong.