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IU researchers: Recession relapse is possible

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University researchers said new economic trends could be a cause for concern and an indicator that a recession relapse is possible in the future. Researchers use what they call the Leading Index for Indiana to measure economic trends in different sectors. The July report is at […]

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Indiana unemployment ticks up even as job growth continues

By Olivia Ober The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Although Indiana’s private sector jobs and rate of job growth increased in June, a new report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development shows a slight increase in the state’s unemployment rate, bringing it to 8 percent. This marks the first increase in Indiana’s unemployment rate in nearly […]

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15 lawmakers’ voting records match Chamber’s positions

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Scores given by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce show that one out of every 10 state lawmakers earned a perfect score this year when it comes to votes on issues the business lobbying group considered important. Fifteen Indiana lawmakers scored 100 percent on votes for measures that […]

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Indiana grows jobs but unemployment rate is unchanged

By Timothy Cox The Statehouse File The Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced Friday that the state is responsible for nearly 10 percent of the nation’s employment growth last month with 7,700 new private sector jobs for Hoosiers. At the same time, however, the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.9 percent. May was the […]

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Construction jobs grow faster in Indiana than most other states

Click a state below to see its percentage increase or decrease in construction jobs from April 2011 through April 2012: By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Construction employment in Indiana increased 8 percent over the past year, a growth rate higher than in all but a handful of other states, according to a […]

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Unemployment rate drops in April; private sector employment grows

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Private sector jobs have grown faster in Indiana in 2012 than in all but a few other states, helping to push unemployment among Hoosiers down to its lowest level since November 2008. Indiana’s unemployment rate in April was 7.9 percent, which was lower than the national rate […]

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State launches ‘100 Reasons’ marketing campaign for economicd development

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – State officials have launched an online marketing campaign called 100 Reasons Indiana to tell industry executives why the state is a good place to do business. The campaign by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation also asks Hoosiers to submit additional reasons to add to the list. “Every state […]

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Indiana adds jobs in March; unemployment rate drops

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana added jobs in March while its unemployment rate dropped slightly, according to data released Friday by the state’s Department of Workforce Development. Indiana’s unemployment rate last month was 8.2 percent, which matched the national rate. It was the fourth consecutive month that the state’s jobless rate […]

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Indiana Grown program will market state’s farm products

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Hog farmer Jay Hawley signed up for the state’s new Indiana Grown program – essentially a marketing effort to promote Hoosier agriculture – just as soon as the applications were available. Hawley and his wife, Sue, have been looking for ways to boost awareness and sales of […]

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Indiana’s unemployment rate drops, new claims for benefits fall

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Unemployment in Indiana dropped in February – bringing the state’s rate to just a tick above the national rate – while new claims for jobless benefits dropped to less than 5,000 for the second week in a row. The state’s February unemployment rate was 8.4 percent. That’s 0.3 […]

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