A Creighton University October survey of supply managers showed slightly improving business conditions in Kansas.
Kansas' Business Conditions Index moved up to 47.9 in October from 43.8 in September.
A BCI score of 50 or more indicates an expansionary economy in the next three to six months.
Still, said the survey's author, Creighton professor Ernie Goss, Kansas faces a tough environment moving ahead.
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"Growth among both durable and nondurable manufacturers in the state continues to slow with the state's large aeronautics manufacturing industry experiencing pullbacks in economic activity," Goss said in a news release.
He expects "slight job losses" in the next couple of quarters.