Economy

Consumer spending hits first decline since January

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4-percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
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U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year — hurt by a poor first-quarter performance. This new assessment is considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's.
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U.S. durable goods orders show record surge

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July. But most of the strength came from demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders dipped.
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Weekly U.S. unemployment claims jump by 21,000

August 14, 2014
Associated Press
The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 2,000, to 295,750. That continues to be close to averages that predate the beginning of the Great Recession in late 2007.
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U.S. employment openings hit 13-year-plus high

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
Job openings have increased 17.6 percent during the past 12 months, while hiring has risen 9.3 percent during the same period, suggesting a mismatch in the jobs market.
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Let corporations influence laws governing themRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
Mike Hicks
Corporations are among our oldest institutions. Something like a joint stock company probably triggered the earliest formal written communication—the accounting ledger.
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U.S. employers add 209K jobs; rate rises to 6.2 percent

August 1, 2014
Associated Press
July marked the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old economic recovery.
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As U.S. job market strengthens, many don't feel it

July 31, 2014
Associated Press
The economic recovery is entering its sixth year, but a number of factors help explain why many Americans don't feel better off.
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Revised data: Economy grew faster in 2nd half of 2013

July 30, 2014
Associated Press
Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.
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Unemployment applications drop to lowest level in 7 years

July 17, 2014
Associated Press
The numbers suggest a strengthening job market, especially since hiring is at its healthiest clip since the late 1990s, and the 6.1 percent unemployment rate is at a 5 1/2-year low.
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Yellen says economy still needs Fed support

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.
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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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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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Unemployment rate holds steady as U.S. regains lost jobs

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
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U.S. economy shrinks for first time since 2011

May 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
U.S. gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
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Indiana adds jobs, sees April unemployment rate slip

May 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Non-farm employment in the state increased 0.1 percent, or by 4,200 jobs, from March. The jobless rate fell to 5.7 percent from 5.9 percent, its ninth straight monthly decline.
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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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Growth in Hoosier wages lagging inflationRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Dan Human
Pay raises were a pipe dream for many Hoosiers last year—as the median wage in Indiana inched up 0.8 percent, to $31,990, according to federal data released this month.
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U.S. employers add 192K jobs; jobless rate unchanged

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
March's job gain nearly matches last year's average monthly total, suggesting that the job market has mostly recovered from the previous months' severe winter weather.
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Hiring at U.S. companies picked up momentum in March

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
After a frigid winter, companies added nearly 200,000 jobs last month, according to payroll processor ADP. That bodes well for the government's report on overall employment, due Friday.
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Hamilton County's low jobless rate roils labor market

March 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hamilton County employers are having trouble filling lower-wage jobs. At 4.5 percent in December, Hamilton County’s jobless rate was the lowest in the metro area and one of the lowest in the state.
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Emerging growth markets tempt Hoosier companies

February 27, 2014
global indisana watch videoConsumption in emerging markets across the globe is growing fast, according to Chase Bank. Executives of several Indiana firms share their successes and mistakes when establishing operations outside the U.S.
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Auto industry strength boosts Indiana’s outlookRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Economists at BMO Harris Bank are projecting “above average” growth for Indiana this year, citing a stronger auto sector and a healthier housing outlook.
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Architecture firm closing, renovated HQ on block

February 7, 2014
Scott Olson
A2SO4 Architecture LLC has begun to wind down operations as a bank forecloses on a couple of construction loans for its new headquarters with a total balance of more than $1 million.
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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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