Economic indicators in Kansas rise

The leading economic indicator for Kansas from a monthly survey of supply managers has turned up sharply.

The September Business Conditions index, compiled monthly by Creighton University, based on a survey of supply managers in the state, rose from 41 in August to 50.

New orders were at 54.0, production at 53.5, delivery lead time at 64.5, employment at 39.4, and inventories at 38.5.

"Based on our surveys over the past several months, I expect the jobless rate to rise by 0.4 percent by the end of 2009 even as job losses halt," author Ernie Goss said in a statement.