CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, February 19, 2016

  • ICYMI, Iowa had been trying to land the corporate headquarters for the agricultural arm of whatever will emerge from the pending marriage of Dow Chemical and DuPont. We didn’t get it, the companies announced via The Des Moines Register this morning. But they’re optimistic that the Johnston research apparatus will grow.
  • Optimism also appears to be building – slightly – among Midwestern bankers. KWWL-TV in Omaha has posted an AP story about a minor improvement in a monthly Creighton University index that measures the economic outlook. [From 34.8 in January to 37.0 in February. Anything below 50 suggests a decline.]
  • Nationwide, unemployment claims fell last week, according to a Reuters story in the New York Times. The rate of contraction may have slowed, according to the paper, “but the signs of stabilization in the struggling manufacturing sector were tempered by further declines in new orders and employment.”
  • Meanwhile, the Net site has a poll saying that most manufacturers, though interested in the coming Internet of Things, are weak on cybersecurity and aren’t taking advantage of some tax breaks that could help them get there.

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