Unemployment

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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State's unemployment rate rises to 8.5 percent

August 19, 2011
Indiana's jobless rate moved up from 8.3 percent in June. The rate had held steady at 8.2 percent the previous two months.
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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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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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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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U.S. unemployment applications slip slightly

August 4, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week but has been at or above 400,000 for 17 straight weeks.
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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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Indiana's unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

July 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After remaining stagnant in April and May, the state's jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in June.
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HICKS: Jobless compensation and the incentive to workRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Mike Hicks
In essence, the body of research tells us that longish periods of unemployment compensation tend to cause longish periods of unemployment.
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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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Unemployment aid applications stuck at high level

June 9, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits hardly changed for a second straight week, stuck at a high level that points to a slowing job market.
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State’s jobless rate falls again, to 8.2 percent

May 20, 2011
Despite a decrease in private sector jobs, Indiana's unemployment rate in April dropped 0.3 percentage points, to 8.2 percent, the lowest it's been since December 2008.
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Economy adds 244,000 jobs, but unemployment rate ticks up

May 6, 2011
Associated Press
The job gains were widespread. Retailers, factories, financial companies, education and health care and even construction companies all added jobs. Federal, state and local governments cut jobs.
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State's unemployment rate drops to 8.5 percent

April 19, 2011
Indiana's unemployment rate last month declined by 0.3 percentage points compared to February and is the lowest it's been in more than two years.
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Applications for unemployment benefits rise nationally

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
The government says applications for unemployment benefits rose 27,000, to a seasonally adjusted 412,000 for the week ended April 9. That left applications at their highest point since mid-February.
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Young workers in Indiana still face tough job market

April 3, 2011
Associated Press
The number of Indiana teens and college students with jobs fell sharply during the recession, and their employment prospects might not improve this year.
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U.S. unemployment rate falls to two-year low

April 1, 2011
Associated Press
The nation added 216,000 jobs last month, with private employers adding more than 200,000 jobs for a second straight month. However, a big factor in the lower jobless rate is that many people who stopped looking for jobs still aren't looking for one.
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State unemployment rate drops to 8.8 percent

March 25, 2011
The February decline marks the first time the state's jobless rate has been below 9 percent since December 2008. Still, the state lost 1,600 private-sector jobs and 6,300 government jobs in February.
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Indiana incomes rose in 2010 despite jobless rate

March 24, 2011
Associated Press
A new federal report shows that Indiana residents' personal income grew last year at one of the fastest rates in the nation.
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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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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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Unemployment aid requests fall to near 3-year low

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000, to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday. Applications are now at their lowest level since May 2008.
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Daniels signs jobless-fund bill that unions fought

February 24, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law Thursday a plan aimed at fixing Indiana's debt-ridden unemployment fund that labor unions had opposed because it will reduce jobless benefits for some people while softening business tax increases.
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Census: Home vacancies follow job losses in Indiana

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
North-central and east-central Indiana, which absorbed the brunt of the job losses, also showed the highest percentage of unoccupied homes.
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Job openings fall for second straight month

February 8, 2011
Associated Press
Employers posted fewer job openings in December, the second straight month of declines. That's a sign hiring is still weak even as the economy is gaining strength.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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