economy http://kios.org en Small business loans on the rise in Nebraska http://kios.org/post/small-business-loans-rise-nebraska <p>The Small Business Administration says loans to small businesses in Nebraska are up almost 13 percent from last year. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:43:56 +0000 Katie Knapp Schubert 50518 at http://kios.org Nebraska jobless rate drops to 3.5 percent in June http://kios.org/post/nebraska-jobless-rate-drops-35-percent-june <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in June. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:55:11 +0000 Associated Press 50413 at http://kios.org Nebraska cash reserve expected to hit $707.5M http://kios.org/post/nebraska-cash-reserve-expected-hit-7075m <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Higher than expected tax collections will boost Nebraska's cash reserve to a projected $707.5 million. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:06:24 +0000 Associated Press 50053 at http://kios.org Midwest economic index inches up again http://kios.org/post/midwest-economic-index-inches-again <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has </span>inched up again, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months.</p><p>A report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.6 in June from 60.5 in May, hitting another three-year high.</p><p>Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index rose to 63.6 from 62.5 in May.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:06:33 +0000 Associated Press 49533 at http://kios.org Midwest economic index hits another 3-year high http://kios.org/post/midwest-economic-index-hits-another-3-year-high <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has inched up to hit another three-year high, suggesting more economic growth over the next three to six months. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:58:58 +0000 Associated Press 48086 at http://kios.org Economy improving in rural parts of 10 states http://kios.org/post/economy-improving-rural-parts-10-states <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy appears to be gaining strength in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:20:18 +0000 Associated Press 47235 at http://kios.org Nebraska jobless rate inches up to 3.7 percent http://kios.org/post/nebraska-jobless-rate-inches-37-percent <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point to hit 3.7 percent in March, compared with 3.6 percent in February. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:56:01 +0000 Associated Press 45903 at http://kios.org Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey http://kios.org/post/overall-index-rural-midwest-banker-survey <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:58:39 +0000 Associated Press 45897 at http://kios.org Midwest economic survey index rises slightly http://kios.org/post/midwest-economic-survey-index-rises-slightly <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has risen slightly, suggesting economic growth over the next three to six months. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:54:08 +0000 Associated Press 45042 at http://kios.org Nebraska jobless rate up to 3.6 percent http://kios.org/post/nebraska-jobless-rate-36-percent <div><p>LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A newly released report says Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate inched up a tenth of a point in February, hitting 3.6 percent. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Associated Press 44536 at http://kios.org