Economy

Unemployment aid applications fall to 4-month low

August 11, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the job market may be improving again slowly after a recent slump.
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Local stocks pummeled in global sell-off

August 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Stock prices of the dozen largest public companies in the Indianapolis area all tumbled Monday morning as a Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt spooked investors worldwide.
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Stocks turn lower as optimism about jobs fades

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Stocks rebounded Friday on a report that the U.S. added more jobs than expected during July, but quickly retreated.
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U.S. jobless rate dips as economy adds 117,000 jobs

August 5, 2011
Associated Press
Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years.
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Economy growing at slowest pace since recession

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
The economy expanded at a meager 1.3-percent annual rate in the spring after scarcely growing at all in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday. The combined growth for the first six months of the year was the weakest since the recession ended two years ago.
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Indianapolis Star lays off 62 in cost-saving purge

June 21, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday laid off 62 employees including more than 15 percent of its newsroom staff in the latest round of cost-cutting by Gannett Co. Inc., the newspaper's parent company.
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2010 was great for Indiana's 100 largest companiesRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Norm Heikens
Despite enjoying rising revenues and profits, companies haven't followed with big increases in job numbers.
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Indiana public companies had banner yearRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Corporations staged advances across a variety of industries in 2010 as the economy improved.
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State's private companies performed unevenly last yearRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Norm Heikens
Fewer than half generated revenue increases.
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City's fast-growing companies surge with economic recoveryRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Marc D. Allan
An economic recovery blowing against their backs propelled some Indianapolis-area companies to scorching growth.
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HICKS: Absence of fathers has dire economic impactRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Mike Hicks
Poverty in America is overwhelmingly caused by two things: failing to graduate from high school and single parenting.
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State’s jobless rate holds steady at 8.2 percent

June 17, 2011
Indiana's unemployment rate remained unchanged in May from the previous month. Because the rate has been at or below 8.5 percent for three consecutive months, the state is no longer eligible for a portion of extended unemployment benefits.
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Economists: Lower growth, higher oil prices coming

May 16, 2011
Associated Press
The predictions of the economists reflect the jitteriness of a public that is still recovering from the financial crisis and now getting squeezed by rising prices for gas, groceries and other household items.
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Economic Club of Indiana getting new manager

April 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which has overseen the Economic Club of Indiana for the last three and a half years, will end its relationship with the group after May's luncheon.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Indiana companies charge into China

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
With economic growth in the United States sluggish, Indiana companies are joining the race to capitalize on the fast-growing Chinese economy—even as hundreds of millions of Chinese move into the middle class and adopt a Western-style thirst for goods and services.
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Can China maintain pace of economic growth?

March 26, 2011
Greg Andrews
People talk about China’s continued economic growth almost as if it is a foregone conclusion, but not all economists are so sure.
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Economist: U.S. recovery ‘turning a corner’

March 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Manufacturing growth will continue to lead an economic recovery in the United States, predicted PNC Financial Services Group senior economist Robert Dye, in town Wednesday to deliver his forecast at Meridian Hills Country Club.
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Wholesale prices jump on steep rise in food costs

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the biggest rise in food prices in 36 years.
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U.S. unemployment rate drops to 8.9 percent

March 4, 2011
Associated Press
The unemployment rate has been falling for three months, down from 9.8 percent in November, marking the sharpest three-month decline since 1983.
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Experts: Economy too weak to fuel venture-capital investmentRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Norm Heikens
Activity won’t gain much steam until more entrepreneurs become optimistic, and optimism won’t materialize until the economy gets warmer, said John Barnard, managing director of Pearl Street Venture Funds.
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HICKS: Earmarks need overhaul, but they aren't entirely badRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Mike Hicks
Our influential senior senator, Richard Lugar, and 6th District congressman, Mike Pence, disagree on an outright ban on earmarks. This is a rare case in which the differing concerns of both men are right.
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More unemployment claims filed nationally last week

January 6, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Labor Department says applications for unemployment aid rose by 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 409,000 in the week ending Jan. 1. Applications fell to 391,000 in the previous week, the lowest point since July 2008.
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HICKS: Why economic forecasting is inexact scienceRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Mike Hicks
Forecasts are primarily used as a tool to begin, not end, conversations about business and government matters.
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MARCUS: Tax cuts are not efficient as a job stimulus

December 25, 2010
Morton Marcus
Many of the best minds in the nation are endorsing the latest stimulus package, which retains the Bush tax cuts and reduces workers’ Social Security contributions nearly one-third.
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Construction, manufacturing may lead economic recovery

December 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The recession came to an official end 18 months ago, but Indiana’s unemployment rate hovered around 10 percent.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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