The index dropped to 31.8 in October, its lowest since 2009, from 37.3 in September. It was at 49 in September 2015. The October hiring index declined from 54.8 to 45.4. Rural Mainstreet employment is down 1 percent over the past 12 months, compared to a 1.5 percent increase in urban areas during that same period. For current and historical data by state, click here.
Goss said in a statement, "Over the past 12 months, livestock commodity prices have tumbled by 19.7 percent and grain commodity prices have slumped by 18.5 percent. The economic fallout from this price weakness continues to push growth into negative territory for six of ten states in the region.” (Creighton graphic: Rural Mainstreet Index)