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July 21, 2014   

Indiana Business Bulletin

COMMENTARY – by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.
State Taxes and a Slowing Economy

State income taxes are a good place to try to begin understanding state economic performance.

The last couple weeks brought to a close the fiscal year for most state and municipal governments. This is a time to assess the condition of tax revenues and a time for states like Indiana that operate on a two-year budget to consider adjustments. It is also a time for economists to puzzle over the tax figures and try to understand the current state of the economy.

Read the full text: State Taxes and a Slowing Economy

Last week's commentary: Indiana Gets a Small Business Ranking

Indiana County Profiles

Each of Indiana's 92 counties has a unique mix of demographics, economic and entrepreneurial activity, youth situation, and social capital. Get the full story through the County Profiles website. Select a county on the left hand side to get started.

County profiles (shortcut to Delaware County economic activity):

DID YOU KNOW? – by Dagney Faulk, Ph.D.
Retail Sales

The Census Bureau released retail sales numbers for the U.S. last week. Retail sales (including food services) show continued growth and have surpassed pre-recession levels (both seasonally adjusted and inflation-adjusted) coming in at $439.9 billion, which is 4.3 percent higher than the June 2013 level.

Graph: CPI Deflated Retail Sales

Table: Retail Sales

ECONOMIC INDICATORSView all economic indicators (CBER Data Center).

National Data

View the complete list of economic indicators and their release dates.


Indiana Data

County Data

MSA (Metro Area) Data



This Week's Data Releases

TUESDAY: Consumer Price Index, country

FRIDAY: Durable Good Orders, country

View all economic indicators.

BallStateCBER page





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