Rural Economic Outlook

The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained.

Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March’s 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the strong U.S. dollar continues to hurt exports of agriculture and energy products and demand for farmland remains weak, so land prices are declining. Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.