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October 2013 Mountain States Economy

Mountain States Overall Index Hovers at Growth Neutral: One in Six Businesses Report Federal Shutdown Impacts

October survey results at a glance:

• Regional leading indicator moves slightly above growth neutral.
• Employment index slumps below growth neutral.
• Approximately one of six businesses, or 16.7 percent, indicated that the shutdown had negatively affected their firm.
• Impact of federal spending sequestration growing.

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2013

October 2013 Mid-American States Economy

Mid-America Index Plummets for October: Negative Impact from Government Shutdown

October survey results at a glance:

• Leading economic indicator drops to its lowest level since 2012.
• Businesses reported job cuts for October.
• Almost one-fourth of businesses report negative impacts from government shutdown.
• New export orders tumbled to lowest level since April 2009.
• Two-thirds of businesses reported no impact from federal spending sequestration.

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2013

September 2013 Mountain States Economy

Mountain States Job Index Sinks for September: Affordable Care Act Having Large Negative Impacts

• Regional index declines to a weak but positive reading.
• Employment index slumps below growth neutral.
• Approximately 26.3 percent of businesses report negative employment impacts from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
• Approximately one-half of firms report no impact from federal spending sequestration.
• Business confidence plunges

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2013

September 2013 Mid-American States Economy

Mid-America Job Index Sinks for September: Affordable Care Act Having Large Negative Impact

September survey results at a glance:

• Regional index rises for the second straight month.
• Approximately 37.5 percent of businesses report negative employment impacts from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
• Approximately two-thirds of firms report no impact from federal spending sequestration.
• Inflationary pressures at the wholesale level rise again.
• Business confidence plunges.

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