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.
"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.