For the third straight month, Iowa’s business climate showed significant improvement during March, according to the latest survey from Creighton University. Economist Ernie Goss says the survey finds a better picture for the past month and for the near future. Goss says the March survey of business leaders and supply managers points to good growth in the months ahead, with healthy job gains expected, though he says the numbers aren’t likely going to be as robust as first thought. Goss says Iowa’s non-durable goods manufacturers, particularly food processors, indicated softer economic circumstances with a March decline in payrolls. Other areas though, he says, were very positive. Goss says the transportation sector of Iowa’s economy is looking very good, both trucks and rail transport. As in past months, Iowa’s durable goods manufacturers reported solid economic conditions with solid new hiring.
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