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For the week of January 26, 2015   

Indiana Business Bulletin

COMMENTARY – by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.
Rockport Bill Is a Net Job Killer

Though it may create jobs locally, this plan likely would increase tax costs and decrease jobs statewide.

A decade ago, I was part of a Department of Energy team that studied the feasibility and economic impact of an electric power plant. This plant was designed to process coal into synthetic natural gas while capturing and storing much of the carbon emissions into the closed mines that littered West Virginia.

Read the full text: Rockport Bill Is a Net Job Killer

Last week's commentary: Minimum Wage and Purple Unicorns

CBER Data Center

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DID YOU KNOW? – by Dagney Faulk, PhD
U.S. Housing Market

Data on U.S. housing starts remained strong in December with over a million residential units added. Growth is strongest in single family (1 unit) and large multifamily (5+) units. The number of multifamily starts surpassed pre-recession levels (see graph) while the number of single family starts still lags pre-recession levels (see graph).

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: Indiana Unemployment Rate, Monthly

TUESDAY: Indiana Employment, Hours, and Earnings by Sector, Monthly

TUESDAY: U.S. Durable Good Orders, Monthly

TUESDAY: U.S. Unemployment Rates By State, Monthly

TUESDAY: U.S. Manufacturing Employment By State, Monthly

FRIDAY: U.S. Gross Domestic Product, Quarterly

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