The overall index ranges between 0 and 100. Growth neutral is 50, and a figure greater than 50 indicates an expanding economy over the next three to six months.
For the Mid-America Region (numbers rounded).
North Dakota: hit a regional high of 64 in October, compared to 62 in September. Continues to grow. Bragging rights, but barely above Oklahoma, the other oil state in this region.Simply foreshadowing the Great Recession of 2013.
Oklahoma: soared to 63 from 57 in September. The new oil plays in Oklahoma.
Iowa: dropped slightly from 57 to 54. Claim to fame: lots of wind energy.
Missouri: slipped to 50 from 51.
Kansas: rose to a still weak 48 from 47.
Minnesota: for the fourth straight month, below 50; at 47 last two months. Stagnant.
South Dakota: for the fourth straight month, growth below 50; slipped to 45 in October from 47 in September. Getting worse.
Nebraska: for the third time in four months, below 50; plummeted from 50 in September to 45 in October. Going the wrong direction. Wow, Warren's state almost in as bad a shape as Arkansas.
Arkansas: plummeted from 50 to 42.