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August 18, 2014   

Indiana Business Bulletin

COMMENTARY – by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.
Embrace the College Experience

For academic success, nothing replaces pure dogged effort and drive.

This week marks the beginning of class at many American universities. Like most professors I am eager to join in the renewal of the fall semester. There are precious few experiences as full of promise and pregnant with opportunity than the start of school at an American university.

Read the full text: Embrace the College Experience

Last week's commentary: Corporate Tax Inversion

CBER Employees Honored

Congratulations to web development manager Graham Watson for earning the Miller College Dean's Outstanding Staff Award and congratulations to CBER director Michael Hicks on being named the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business Research.

Archive of CBER Work

Have you read a news article about a CBER project or study? Most of our work is available to the public through our project database. You can search our archives by subject, client, and year of publication.

CBER Projects and Publications Archive:

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

Inflation adjusted retail sales numbers for June 2014 were released last week and came in at $184.96 billion, a 2.1 percent increase over June 2013 (seasonally adjusted). Inflation adjusted retail sales surpassed the prerecession peak in January 2013.

Graph: CPI Deflated Retail Sales

Data table: U.S. 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

MONDAY: Metro Area Unemployment Rate (%)

MONDAY: Metro Area Employment by Sector

MONDAY: County Unemployment Rate (%)

MONDAY: Indiana Unemployment Rate

MONDAY: Indiana Employment, Hours, and Earnings by Sector

MONDAY: U.S. Manufacturing Employment By State

MONDAY: U.S. Unemployment Rates By State

TUESDAY: U.S. Consumer Price Index

TUESDAY: U.S. Housing Starts

View all economic indicators.

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