Recession

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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Temporary jobs on rise in today's shifting economy

May 19, 2014
Associated Press
Part-time and contract jobs in the past tended to rise during recessions and recede during recoveries. But maybe no longer: Part-time workers have accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. job growth since the recession officially ended in June 2009.
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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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HICKS: Why stock prices rise in a shaky economyRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Mike Hicks
The stock market highs over the past few months have many folks confused.
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HICKS: You can stop wondering ... the recession is hereRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Mike Hicks
Sometimes the worst part of the economic forecasting I do is the sinking feeling that my predictions will be right.
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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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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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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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High-deductible premiums rising, too

September 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Since 2007, premiums for high-deductible health plans’ family coverage have grown 32 percent—compared with 30 percent among all health plans, according to survey data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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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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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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Lockhart Automotive co-owner recovering from losing SaturnRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Ann Finch
Lynn Kimmel, president of Lockhart Automotive Group, is helping her family business recover from losing three Saturn dealerships and a Hummer dealership when General Motors Corp. folded both those lines.
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Grant-makers adapt to post-recession normalRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
After the financial crisis of 2008, foundations in Indiana and across the country set up special relief funds for their communities. Ongoing support for the one formed in Indianapolis is just one sign of how the poor economy is still influencing grant-makers’ decisions.
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Carmel free clinic drawing jobless professionalsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Trinity Free Clinic in Carmel began in 2000 to serve a growing Hispanic immigrant population. Since the latest recession, so many people—including unemployed professionals—have found their way to the clinic that the portion of white patients has grown from one-third in 2008 to 47 percent last year.
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This year's metro area job losses deeper than in peer citiesRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
As the national economy sputters, the Indianapolis area is losing jobs faster than its peers, falling to levels not seen since 2002.
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Veteran banker Alley found Integra too sick to saveRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
With reluctance, Mike Alley, a veteran Indianapolis banker, joined the board of Evansville-based Integra Bank in April 2009. A month later, he found himself CEO—the beginning of a 26-month odyssey that ended July 29 with banking regulators seizing and shutting down the 160-year-old institution.
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Federal cuts in training funds hit at awkward timeRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Funding for the state’s work-force-development agencies to help Hoosiers develop job skills has fallen sharply, even as unemployment remains high and the economy is still shaky.
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Indianapolis-based banks struggle to emerge from slumpRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana regional banks and national institutions are faring better, a possible indication that Indianapolis' economy isn't recovering as quickly as expected.
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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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Wealthy local entrepreneurs hew to conservatism

April 23, 2011
Norm Heikens
Flashy displays of wealth seldom erupt in Indianapolis after an entrepreneur makes good, and they’re even more unusual now that the recession sobered even the most successful among them.
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State unemployment rate dips to 9.1 percent

March 10, 2011
After topping out at 10.2 percent last summer, Indiana's jobless rate has been steadily declining.
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Not-for-profits hang out consulting shingle

December 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Tight budgets are prompting some of the state’s largest not-for-profit organizations to launch new businesses to shore up the bottom line. The Indianapolis Museum of Art, for example, has a contract to manage the airport's art collection.
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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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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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