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July 24, 2020

Leading Indicator: Nebraska’s Steady Economic Rebound Continues

Leading Indicator: Nebraska’s Steady Economic Rebound Continues
The leading indicator rose by 1.72% in June.
Nebraska’s leading economic indicator rose during June 2020, according to the most recent report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The leading indicator rose by 1.72% in June. Increases in both May and June followed a sharp decline in the LEI-N in March and April.

“The June increase confirms that the Nebraska economy is steadily recovering from the shock caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic,” said economist Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research at the university.

“The recovery of the Nebraska economy is broad-based,” according to Thompson. All components of the leading economic indicator improved during June. The slow recovery in airline passenger enplanements continued. There was also a small drop in initial claims for unemployment insurance while manufacturing hours-worked and building permits for single-family homes increased modestly. Business expectations also were positive, as respondents to the June Survey of Nebraska Business reported plans to increase employment at their businesses over the next 6 months. Finally, there was a drop in the value of the U.S. dollar. A lower dollar improves the competitiveness of agricultural producers, manufacturers, and other Nebraska businesses which export.