Economy

Economy brightens as consumers spend, layoffs slow

December 23, 2010
Associated Press
The latest data confirm that the economy is improving, even though too few jobs are being created to lower the 9.8 percent unemployment rate.
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HICKS: Inflation delays visit, but it'll arrive eventuallyRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mike Hicks
All economists know that, at its core, inflation is caused solely by too much money chasing too few goods.
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State unemployment rate dips to 9.8 percent

December 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana's jobless rate dropped for the second month in a row and has decreased four-tenths of a point since hitting 10.2 percent this summer.
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Indianapolis banker sees progress, challenges at ailing Integra

December 4, 2010
Greg Andrews
Mike Alley, perhaps more than any other banker in the state, is experiencing the pain the economic crisis has wrought on the nation’s financial institutions.
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Jobless rate rises to 9.8 percent as U.S. job growth slows

December 3, 2010
Associated Press
With hiring so weak, the unemployment rate rose from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent. The jobless rate has now topped 9 percent for 19 straight months, the longest stretch on record.
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Jobless claims tick up again

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Difficulties adjusting for the Thanksgiving holiday contributed to last week's spike in new applications, a government analyst said. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths volatility, fell to 431,000 last week, a two-year low.
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Jobless claims drop sharply

November 24, 2010
Associated Press
A Labor Department analyst said weekly claims are volatile during the week between the Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving holidays. A key question is whether claims will remain this low in future weeks.
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State's unemployment rate drops below 10 percent

November 23, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in October dipped to 9.9 percent, marking the first time the rate has been below double digits since March.
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Jobless claims fall sharply to 4-month low

November 10, 2010
Associated Press
The U.S. Labor Department said Wednesday that initial claims for jobless aid dropped by 24,000, to a seasonally adjusted 435,000. Many Wall Street economists expected a smaller decrease.
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Employers add jobs, but rate sticks at 9.6 percent

November 5, 2010
Associated Press
U.S. employers added the most jobs in five months in October, with the education and health care sectors leading the way.
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IU economists: Slow growth expected in 2011

November 4, 2010
Scott Olson
Economic growth will remain sluggish into next year as companies remain hesitant to add jobs, Indiana University economists said Thursday morning during their annual forecast.
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September consumer spending weakens while incomes dip

November 1, 2010
Associated Press
Americans slowed their spending in September to the weakest pace in three months and their incomes fell for the first time in 14 months.
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U.S. economy grew anemically in third quarter

October 29, 2010
Associated Press
The government reported Friday morning that the economy expanded at a 2-percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. It marked a slight improvement from the feeble 1.7-percent growth in the April-June quarter.
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MORRIS: Not all economic news is bad news

October 23, 2010
Greg Morris
If we listen too much to the financial channels, it will make us want to bury our money in a hole in the yard and get a Rottweiler to guard it.
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State’s jobless rate dips slightly to 10.1 percent

October 22, 2010
Indiana's unemployment rate in September was 0.1 percentage point lower than in August and the same as it was the same month last year. But it remains above the national rate of 9.6 percent.
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HICKS: Why the stimulus didn't stimulate enoughRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Mike Hicks
The failure of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to deliver us from high unemployment will provide research grist for economists for decades to come.
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Banks tread water as they wait for economy to improve

October 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Banking experts say the health of Indiana institutions is taking baby steps forward along with the tepid economic recovery. But in these times, recovery looks grimmer than one might expect.
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Strategist: U.S. economy picking up pace, slowly

October 15, 2010
Scott Olson
augustine watdchvideoThe economy is picking up its pace but not quickly enough to satisfy the public, Fifth Third Bank strategist John Augustine said Friday. It may not return to pre-recession levels until 2017.
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New grads struggle to put education to work

October 2, 2010
Joe Jasinski
In May, only one-quarter of 2010 college graduates who applied for a job actually received one, compared with more than half in 2007. About as many college graduates of all ages also are plagued by underemployment, working jobs below their skill level—including Butler grad Tom Otero.
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Durable goods rise outside volatile transportation

September 24, 2010
Associated Press
The overall demand for durable goods fell 1.3 percent in August, the Commerce Department said Friday. But that was pulled down by a significant drop in orders for aircraft.
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Machine-tool maker Hurco hopes trade show sparks salesRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis-based maker of computerized metal-cutting tools piled up record profits in fiscal years 2005 through 2008, but now is trying to leave behind a second year of losses.
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New filings for jobless benefits fall to two-month low

September 9, 2010
Associated Press
Even with latest decline, new filings for jobless benefits are still much higher than they would be if the economy is healthy.
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MORRIS: When does this movie end?

August 28, 2010
Greg Morris
Lately, don’t you feel like yelling out the window on occasion, even just a little? You have to really look to find the good news today.
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New jobless claims drop for first time in 4 weeks

August 26, 2010
Associated Press
However, about 10.1 million people were receiving unemployment checks in the week ended Aug. 7, the latest data available. That's up about 260,000 from the previous week.
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Durable goods orders tick up, but business spending slides

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Without the volatile transportation sector, orders dropped 3.8 percent—the steepest decline since January. Businesses spent less on equipment and machines. Orders for capital goods fell 8 percent.
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