Business Conditions Index Climbs in December

An economist says a business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states rose over the past month, pointing to continuing improvement in regional economic conditions.

A report released on Tuesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 59.0 from 57.2 in November.

Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey and he says profit growth, low interest rates and the recently passed tax package pushed business confidence last month to its highest level since January 2011.

The survey covers Iowa, Minnesota and 7 other states.