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For the week of July 27, 2015   

Indiana Business Bulletin

COMMENTARY – by Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D.
A Teacher Shortage?

Changes in the unemployment rate and student enrollment levels affect the true supply and demand for teachers.

With Indiana's unemployment rate back near pre-recession lows, we are sure to hear a lot about a labor shortage. For businesses, the issue is all about adjusting their business model. In government, the problem is not as clear because most public sector occupations have fewer well functioning labor markets. Here we should be very careful about judging claims of worker shortages and the brouhaha about teachers is a classic example.

Read the full text: A Teacher Shortage?

Last week's commentary: Workers Aren't Commodities

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DID YOU KNOW? – by Dagney Faulk, PhD
State-Level Unemployment Rates

State unemployment rates for June 2015 were released last week. Indiana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, a full percentage point lower than a year ago and among the lowest of the Great Lakes states. Wisconsin (at 4.6 percent) was the only Great Lakes states with a lower unemployment rate.

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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: Indiana MSA Unemployment Rate, Monthly

MONDAY: U.S. Durable Good Orders, Monthly

MONDAY: Indiana Counties Unemployment Rate, Monthly

THURSDAY: U.S. Gross Domestic Product, Quarterly

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