Obamacare uncertainty hurting Midwest economies, even ND’s

Both the fiscal cliff and the uncertainty surrounding health care reform were reported by supply managers as negatively affecting their economic outlook,” Goss said.

The region’s employment index inched into positive territory at 50.5 in November, up from October’s 47.7. Goss said durable goods manufacturers are hiring at a slow pace but that employment growth is being offset by job losses at nondurable-goods producers.

The prices-paid index, which tracks the cost of raw materials and supplies, improved to 64.4 in November from October’s 71.5. But the index still suggests costs are increasing.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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