Manufacturing conditions in Minnesota and eight other Midwestern states showed the fifth consecutive month of gains - with solid reports on new orders and employment, according to a widely watched monthly economic survey.
The Mid-America Business Conditions Index produced by Creighton University increased to 61.4 from 60.1 in March. Any index above 50 signals growth.
In Minnesota, the index slid slightly to 61.2, down from 61.8 in March. Manufacturers generally reported solid results
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