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Survey says Tariffs Are Hurting Rural Economy

For the first time this year, a monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states, including Missouri and Kansas, indicates the regional rural economy is shrinking.     The overall index of the Rural Mainstreet survey for November sank to 49.9, the first time it’s dipped below 50 since January and down from October’s 54.3. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy in the months ahead, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.  &nbsp…

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