The economy will remain sluggish and hiring slow in nine Midwest and Plains states over the next few months, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday.
“If we recognize there’s a drought across the entire Midwest, that means they don’t necessarily have the water to release to support the Mississippi River.”
A new report shows that the nation’s worst drought in decades has leveled off last week after worsening during the two previous weeks.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said weakness in nondurable-goods producers, such as food and ethanol makers, combined with worries about the global economy to slow business in the region.
In the Midwest, the number of the religiously unaffiliated has grown from 15 percent in 2007 to 19 percent today.
A new survey of business leaders suggests little or no economic growth in most of a group of nine Midwest and Plains states through the end of the year, but the booming oil business will continue to drive growth in North Dakota and Oklahoma.
The U.S. Drought Monitor’s new map shows 65.5 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing some form of drought as of Tuesday.
Cows are developing quite a sweet tooth thanks to an unprecedented drought that has rocked cattle ranchers in the Midwest.
The United States is in the midst of the worst drought in decades, and the dry weather and soaring temperatures are taking a toll on people living and working in Ohio west to California and Texas north to the Dakotas. Farmers have watched their corn wither and their cattle go hungry. Homeowners have seen their lawns turn brown and gardens wilt. Communities in the Midwest that rarely experience water shortages have enacted restrictions, and businesses are looking for ways to stay afloat as sales fall off. Here are a few of their stories:
Crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at an alarming rate.