The North Carolina State University Index of NC leading economic indicators has trended higher for over a year, “Strongly suggesting continued growth in the state economy at an accelerated pace in 2018,” said NCSU economist Michael Walden.

The November Index was essentially unchanged after posting a large gain in October. It slipped only .2 percent, while all but the two manufacturing measures showed improvement.

Among the individual components, the national index, initial claims for unemployment, and building permits all registered improvements. Jobless claims feels 10.6 percent and building permits rose 3.1 percent.

Hours and earnings were both down slightly, hours minus .7 percent and earnings down 1.4 percent.

Still, with the new national income tax plan accomplished, Walden writes, “There is even greater confidence both national and state economic growth will be stronger than ever.”