Survey Shows Positive Outlook for Nebraska's Economy


March's survey of Nebraska businesses showed a positive outlook for the state's economy in coming months.

The survey from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln's Bureau of Business Research found 30 percent of businesses predicted increased sales during the next six months while 23 percent expected to see sales decline.

Additionally, 17 percent of businesses said they expect to expand their work force with only 6 percent expecting to reduce their number of employees.

"The outlook has been consistently positive during 2014and has grown increasingly optimistic each month," shared bureau director Eric Thompson.

Some of the things brought up when asked about important issues facing their businesses includes customer demand and business costs, public policy issues such as the Affordable Care Act and taxes, and a potential minimum wage increase.

The survey is mailed to 500 randomly selected businesses of all sizes and the data is collected from those who responded.

The March survey had 135respondents, a 27 percent response rate.