Economic Recovery

U.S. employment rises more than expected

July 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
Employers added more workers than projected in June and the unemployment rate fell to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.
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U.S. consumer spending rises less than expected

June 26, 2014
Bloomberg News
Consumer purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, climbed 0.2 percent in May after being little changed in April, Commerce Department figures showed Thursday. Analysts expected a rise of 0.4 percent.
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First quarter GDP numbers much worse than estimated

June 25, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. gross domestic product fell at a 2.9-percent annualized rate in the first quarter, the worst reading since the same three months in 2009, after a previously reported 1-percent drop, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
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INDIANA 100: Manufacturing employment lags recovery of sectorRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Sam Stall
Emphasis on efficiency, technology is softening job demand.
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Fed slows bond buying with fifth monthly reduction

June 18, 2014
The Federal Reserve will further slow the pace of its bond purchases because a strengthening U.S. job market needs less support.
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Pay raises going mainly to those in select industries

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.
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Improving jobs numbers mask painful recovery

June 9, 2014
Associated Press analysis
The U.S. economy has finally regained the jobs lost to the Great Recession, but a smaller percentage of Americans are actually working and median household income has declined considerably since before the recession.
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U.S. gains 288,000 jobs as rate falls to 6.3 percent

May 2, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years. The unemployment rate sank to 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008. But the drop occurred because the number of people working or seeking work fell sharply.
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U.S. jobless claims hit highest mark since February

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February, a dose of mixed news for an economy that appears to be gaining momentum.
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U.S. economy slowed to near-standstill in first quarter

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The economy's growth slowed to a barely discernible 0.1-percent annual rate in the January-March quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was the weakest pace since the end of 2012.
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Applications for U.S. jobless benefits rise slightly

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring.
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U.S. applications for jobless aid reach 3-month low

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
That average indicates that companies are cutting few jobs, but employment growth has been lackluster in recent months.
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U.S. hiring weak in January, but jobless rate dips

February 7, 2014
Associated Press
The Labor Department says employers added 113,000 jobs last month, less than the average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013. This follows December's tepid increase of just 75,000.
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Fears of slowdown sharpen focus on U.S. jobs report

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Investors are looking for evidence of healthy U.S. job growth, but anyone looking to Friday's monthly employment report for a clear picture of the economy's health might be disappointed.
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IMF raises outlook for global, U.S. economies

January 21, 2014
Associated Press
The International Monetary Fund is slightly more optimistic about the global and U.S. economies this year than it was three months ago.
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Upswing causing slowdown in startups

January 11, 2014
Dan Human
The number of newly formed Indiana companies slumped in 2013, the first such dip since the recession, but the small drop could actually be a positive sign for the economy. Established companies have more job openings than a few years ago, meaning workers have less incentive to start their own businesses, as thousands did when the economy tumbled.
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U.S. economy adds only 74K jobs, but rate falls to 6.7 percent

January 10, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing gain ends 2013 on a weak note and could raise questions about the economy's recent strength.
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U.S. unemployment rate declines to 7 percent

December 6, 2013
Associated Press
A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent, down from 7.3 percent in October.
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Americans reluctant to spend on holidays without big deals

November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Since the recession began in late 2007, stores have had to offer financially-strapped Americans ever bigger price cuts just to get them into stores. But those discounts eat away at profit.
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Indiana unemployment rate sinks to 7.5 percent as state adds jobs

November 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The state's jobless rate has been on a downward spiral in recent months, dropping from 8.4 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August, then falling to 7.8 percent in September.
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U.S. economic growth perks up in third quarter

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8-percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising acceleration ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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Reagan's supply-side guru to address accountants in Indy

November 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Arthur Laffer is reviled by the big-government crowd for blaming high tax rates for slow economic growth. He'll discuss his cautionary tale for states while in Indianapolis next week.
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Fewer apply for jobless benefits, but hiring slows

November 1, 2013
Associated Press
The economy added an average 143,000 jobs a month from July through September. That's down from an average of 182,000 in April through June, and 207,000 during the first three months of the year.
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Strategist: Get ready for steady economic growth

October 30, 2013
Norm Heikens
Forecast 2014 Watch
                           video iconBusinesses will begin using their profits and horded cash to reinvest in themselves in 2014, helping push economic growth back to a more comfortable 2.5 percent, according to John Augustine, chief market strategist for Fifth Third Bank.
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Study: 15 percent of U.S., Hoosier youth out of school, work

October 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana finished 35th among states on the report's Opportunity Index, mostly because of a subpar score in education. The percentage of Hoosiers ages 16-24 not in school or not working mirrored the national average of nearly 15 percent.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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