The index is compiled by The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama.
The study says, “Mobile reported the highest metro area business confidence for the third consecutive quarter”.
It believes, “Mobile’s employment picture should continue to improve heading into 2014″.
In terms of job creation potential, the Index reports, “Manufacturing and financial activities concerns are the most upbeat overall this quarter and are the most likely to create jobs. Hiring could also pick up in professional services and in transportation, information, and utilities”.
The study determined, “Confidence jumped in the third quarter of 2013 as Airbus construction got underway and has remained relatively high”.