Minnesota: For 16 straight months, Minnesota’s Business Conditions Index has remained above growth neutral. The index advanced to 66.1 from February’s 64.1. Components of the index from the March survey were new orders at 65.0, production or sales at 71.7, delivery lead time at 64.5, inventories at 74.8, and employment at 54.7. “Expansions among Minnesota manufacturers and value-added services companies continue to push the overall economy into a robust growth range. While not back to pre-recession levels, construction growth has been solid despite the severe weather,” said Goss.