The "business conditions index," a monthly survey of supply managers in nine states in the U.S. midsection, showed differing economic health for the manufacturing sector in July. A score above 50 signals economic growth, while a score below 50 indicates contraction.

State July index

North Dakota 52.8

Missouri 52.6

Oklahoma 52.3

South Dakota 51.8

Regional index 51.7

Nebraska 50.1

Iowa 49.8

Minnesota 45.2

Arkansas 43.8

Kansas 37.3

Source: Creighton University