Tulsa, OK – The jobless rate in the Tulsa metro area dropped to 5.6% in April. This marks the second month of declining unemployment. John Carpenter of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says this means that about 20,000 people in the area are unemployed. April's figures are down 1% from March's 6.6% unemployment.
Omaha, NE – Economist: Exports aiding Midwest economic growth
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A survey in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests that exports are helping fuel regional economic growth.
A report released Wednesday says the Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region rose in May, to 60.2 from 57.7 in April.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says that although higher commodity prices have hampered the regional economy, exports are making "a significant contribution to growth."