Created: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:20:00 CST
Updated: Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:45:29 CST
For the 5th consecutive month, a survey of Nebraska businesses shows a positive outlook for sales and employment.
The survey, conducted by the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Bureau of Business Research, showed that a third of responding businesses said they expected their sales to increase during the next six months. Another 48 percent predicted their sales would hold steady.
UNL economist Eric Thompson says the consistent optimism is a reliable signal of sustainable growth.
Only 3 percent of businesses said they expect to reduce employment during the rest of this calendar year.
When asked the most important issue they are facing, 44% cited customer demand. Another 15% said they were most concerned about the availability and quality of labor. That's the highest percentage of concern about labor reported in recent months.