So is the local economy improving or not? The answer is mostly yes, with numerous asterisks.
As last week's outlook from the University of the Pacific Business Forecasting Center stated, Stanislaus County employment numbers are climbing but slowly (see the Feb. 13 article on modbee.com).
Another outlook comes from Stanislaus Alliance, which does an annual survey of employers. Of the 215 managers and owners who responded to the 2013 questionnaire, nearly 60 percent indicated that they expected their revenue to be up this year, but less than 40 percent indicated that they would be hiring more people.