Iowa: After declining for five straight months, the Iowa Business Conditions Index rose for November to a healthy 59.2 from October’s 58.5. Components of the index for November were new orders at 57.1, production or sales at 63.9, delivery lead time at 56.3, employment at 57.7, and inventories at 61.1. “Government data show that after peaking in July of this year, Iowa has lost nonfarm jobs albeit at a slow pace. Even with these overall losses, our surveys indicate that Iowa’s manufacturing sector, both durable and nondurable, remains the strongest in the nine-state region. I expect the state to continue to add jobs at a solid pace in the months ahead,” said Goss.