Economy grows at healthy pace in nine Midwest, Plains states

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Corn silos are silhouetted by a setting sun Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Pleasant Plains, Ill. The Midwest’s first dangerous bout of summer heat and humidity is partly to blame on the moisture being piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops now reaching their peak, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy keeps operating at a healthy pace in nine Midwest and Plains states, but supply delays and shortages of workers are limiting growth in the region.

The overall economic index for the region slipped to 68.9 from July’s surging 73.1, but it still indicates strong growth. Any score above 50 on the survey’s indexes suggests growth.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said strong job growth continued but businesses are having trouble finding workers to hire.

The monthly survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

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