Economy

U.S. economy adds 146,000 jobs as unemployment rate slips

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture of the economy. Hiring remained steady during November in the face of looming tax increases. But the jobless rate slipped in part because more people stopped looking for work.
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Items in '12 Days of Christmas' increase to $107,000

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
If you get buy all 364 items repeated throughout "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol, you'll pay 6.1 percent more this year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually.
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State's unemployment rate drops to 8 percent

November 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana added 7,700 private-sector jobs in October, marking the largest monthly gain since May, as the unemployment rate fell for the second straight month.
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Study: Indiana’s airports contribute $14.1B in economic output

November 13, 2012
A new study says the state's 69 public airports support more than 69,000 jobs--about 30 percent of which are tied to Indianapolis International Airport.
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IU: Growth of Indiana’s labor force slowing rapidly

November 13, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Business Research Center attributes the predicted slowdown during the next 30 years to an increasing number of baby boomers entering retirement and a cresting of the decades-long rise in female labor force participation.
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Indiana casino cuts 80 jobs, blames economy

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana casino is blaming the economy and increased competition for its decision to lay off about 80 workers.
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U.S. jobless benefit applications fall slightly

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000, but the figures were distorted by Superstorm Sandy. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose by 3,250.
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Stocks plunge after election, and as Europe woes deepen

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but slid into the close and ended down 313, its biggest point drop since this time last year.
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U.S. unemployment rate rises despite job gains

November 2, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama will face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt.
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IU economists predict more of the same in 2013

November 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The economy in 2013 is likely to mirror the slow-growing one of this year, economists from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business predicted Thursday morning. And it could be even worse.
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Financial crisis pushes millennials to fiscal conservatism

October 28, 2012
Associated Press
Researchers find that the recession had a particularly profound effect on the political attitudes of younger millennials, who've come of age as the adults who preceded them have lost homes, jobs and retirement funds. Their age group also faces high unemployment.
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U.S. economic growth shows only slight improvement

October 26, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2-percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the government. Still, growth remains historically anemic, and exports and business spending are weakening.
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Strategist: Economy expected to 'muddle' through 2013

October 12, 2012
Scott Olson
EcoFore Watch video iconThe U.S. economy is expected to grow next year at a less-than-ideal rate, but that's not necessarily a bad thing considering the lingering uncertainty, said John Augustine, chief investment strategist of Fifth Third Bank.
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Hopes slipping among state business owners

October 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A survey of Hoosier business owners shows an increasingly a ho-hum outlook, with only one in seven optimistic for their own company and even fewer encouraged about the U.S. economy.
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U.S. unemployment-aid applications rise again

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 last week, a rise of 4,000 from the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 375,000.
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Bernanke: Economy growing much too slowly to put people back to work

October 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a local lunch crowd that he expects the economy to keep growing, but he said the growth is so slow that it could create a "permanent group" of underemployed Americans.
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Unemployment aid applications hit 2-month low

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plunged to its lowest level in nine weeks. Other economic figures released Thursday were mainly disappointing.
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Weekly U.S. unemployment claims remain high

September 20, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits declined by 3,000 last week, to 382,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fifth straight week, to 377,750, the highest level in nearly three months.
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Rising gas prices put a crimp in Americans' spending

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve this week took steps to boost economic growth. But those stimulus measures are also pushing oil prices up. If gas prices follow, consumers will have less money to spend elsewhere.
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U.S. unemployment rate ticks up despite rise in hiring

August 3, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department said Friday, a somewhat hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring. However, the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent in June.
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U.S. employers add only 80,000 jobs as economy struggles

July 6, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is struggling three years after the recession ended. The unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent.
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Life sciences hold up in recession

June 25, 2012
J.K. Wall
A new report shows Indiana’s life sciences companies performed better than their peers around the country—and far better than the rest of Indiana’s private sector—during the early phases of the economic downturn.
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Economy might worsen before it improves muchRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Norm Heikens
If it seems like the economy should be better by now, under normal circumstances it would. After all, the recession ended three years ago this month.
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Mounting student loan debt vexing for IndianaRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Scott Olson
More college degrees wanted, but large borrowing amounts present obstacle.
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Manufacturing employment coming back, but without the wages of yesteryearRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Dan Human
Recovery in manufacturing—one of Indiana’s best-paying employment sectors—has been a much celebrated change after years of decline. But many of those jobs are returning with lower wages as employers keep up with growing global competition.
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