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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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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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Weak sales lead HHGregg to post smaller profit

January 30, 2014
Scott Olson
Shares of the Indianapolis-based retailer had fallen 18 percent by early afternoon Thursday, after the firm reported slumping sales and profit in its latest quarter.
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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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Survey: US companies add 238K jobs, most in year

January 8, 2014
Associated Press
Construction firms hired 48,000 additional workers in December, the most since 2006. And manufacturers added 19,000 positions.
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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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U.S. adds 200K jobs, but unemployment rate rises

November 8, 2013
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent. A troubling detail in the report: the percentage of Americans working or looking for work fell to a 35-year low
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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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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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Stocks rise as investors weigh effects of shutdown

October 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
Markets on Tuesday weren't fazed by the the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. Open enrollment for Obamacare exchanges helped WellPoint shares.
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Slower holiday sales growth predicted for 2013

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
Holiday shopping is likely to be hurt by the lackluster economy. In addition, there's a shorter shopping window between Black Friday and Christmas. Last year, there were 32 days during the period and this year there are 25.
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Four Hoosiers rate among 400 wealthiest in U.S.

September 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The widow of medical device industry pioneer Bill Cook again is the top Hoosier on the latest Forbes 400 list of the nation's wealthiest people, and this time has cracked the top 100.
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Economic growth better than expected in 2nd quarter

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. economic growth accelerated in the April-June quarter to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.7 percent. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said the rate released Wednesday was based on incomplete data and would be revised over the next month.
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U.S. economy adds 195K jobs; unemployment rate steady

July 5, 2013
Associated Press
The job growth suggests a stronger economy and makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases before year's end.
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Slower U.S. growth might lead Fed to keep up stimulus

June 27, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. economy may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases later this year. That's the takeaway from economists after the government cut its estimate of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.8-percent annual rate.
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Applications to Indiana law schools witherRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Applications to three of the four law schools in the state are in free fall as prospective students think twice about taking on mountains of debt at a time job prospects are dim.
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State adds jobs in February at healthy clip

March 29, 2013
Norm Heikens
Hiring surged in several sectors of the economy, but the unemployment rate inched higher as more residents started looking for work.
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Higher payroll taxes take toll on restaurants

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
So far, 2013 has been "a roller coaster ride" for Indiana eateries, according the state trade association's president. Industry observers say a 2-percent increase in the payroll tax is a likely culprit in a nationwide sales decline.
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U.S. economy adds jobs, but unemployment rate rises

February 1, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in December.
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Economist: Quarterly report shows recession is here

January 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ball State University economist Mike Hicks said the quarterly contraction in the economy only confirms his fears that the United States is already in another recession.
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U.S. unemployment rate remains at 7.8 percent

January 4, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.
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REWIND: IBJ's top 10 business stories of 2012

December 26, 2012
Top 10 business stories of 2012 Watch
                           VideoThe state's labor landscape changed, and the housing market improved. Indianapolis basked in the glow of a flawless Super Bowl, and big-name CEOs were shown the door. IBJ's reporters and editors recall the year's biggest stories.
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