A Creighton University survey of regional business activity showed a slight increase in May for Kansas.
The Business Conditions Index for Kansas was 59.2, slightly higher than April's reading of 58.4, according to the report that was released today.
An index score of 50 or more indicates an expansionary economy in the next three to six months.
Creighton officials said the increase in the Kansas index is the ninth time in the past 10 months that the leading economic indicator was above growth neutral.
Components of the index for Kansas in May were new orders at 59.0, production or sales at 68.5, delivery lead time at 67.8, employment at 60.2, and inventories at 63.5.
"Except for aircraft and aerospace parts producers, durable goods producers in Kansas are experiencing very healthy growth especially for firms with ties to international markets," said Ernie Goss, author of the survey and a Creighton professor, in a news release. "Higher commodity prices continue to cut into profits and economic activity for Kansas food processors."