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Indiana Business Bulletin

For the week of July 4, 2016   


COMMENTARY – by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.
Economic Development Problems Are at Local, not State Level

The unhappy result is local economic developers chasing a shrinking number of footloose or attractable jobs.

The Center for Business and Economic Research recently released a study explaining the generally disappointing results of local economic development efforts in Indiana. It is worth reading in whole, but the gist of it ought to be part of the local discussion about efforts to attract jobs and households.

Read the full text: Economic Development Problems Are at Local, not State Level

Last week's commentary: Income Inequality and Education

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DID YOU KNOW? – by Dagney Faulk, PhD
May Housing Starts

Data on May 2016 housing starts was recently released. New privately owned housing starts totaled 1.16 million units in May, a 0.26 percent decrease from April, but a 9.5 percent increase from a year ago.

Year-over-year growth in single family units (+10 percent) and large multifamily (5+) units (+10 percent) led growth.

For details see

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

July 8, 2016

U.S. Motor Vehicle Retail Sales, Monthly

U.S. Unemployment Rate, Monthly

U.S. Employment, Hours, and Earnings by Sector, Monthly

BallStateCBER page





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