Recession

Builders Estridge and Davis rebound from bust, run own firms again

August 23, 2014
Scott Olson
Brad Davis and Paul Estridge Jr. belong to a select fraternity. They’re prominent Indianapolis homebuilders whose companies faltered during the housing downturn, only to re-emerge in another incarnation.
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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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  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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