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The United States' energy boom is benefiting all sectors of the economy, helping fuel an economic recovery that is finally producing jobs at a healthy clip and bringing down unemployment.
Signs of economic recovery could lead to a drop in higher education enrollment.
Businesses are feeling confident again and looking to reach more customers through radio on both the airwaves and its digital platforms.
The United State's energy mix continues to change in the face of environmental regulations, the shale gas boom and market requirements.
The South Shore commuter railroad appears to be turning the corner on ridership declines, with peak weekday and weekend ridership both besting last year's for several months in a row.
Limited supply has driven up the cost of meat, with no expected drop in the near future.
An overabundance of supply caused West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil and Gasoline prices to fall over the last three months.
Auto sales have been pretty good as Chevrolet continues its run as the top-selling vehicle brand in Chicagoland, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.
The economy came out of its winter hibernation during the second quarter as consumer confidence reached the highest point since 2007, Horizon Bank Executive Vice President David Rose said.
Local consumers are spending with caution, and for good reason, said Connie Kann, area director of the Better Business Bureau.
Stock prices have been hitting all-time highs despite global uncertainties, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill Lynch's Merrillville office.
The grocery industry is doing well, but Strack and Van Til stores are faring better in South Lake County, where the unemployment is lower than it is in the northern cities or Illinois.
Manufacturing continues the slow, steady improvement that has characterized the sector over the last few years, Berlin Metals President Boy Berlin said.
Things are looking up for steelmakers after a rough patch during the economic downturn and a winter weather-chilled first quarter.
The fast-changing U.S. gaming market is forcing everyone to take a hard look at an industry that has helped struggling communities and fattened state tax coffers for almost two decades in Indiana.
Corn, soybeans and wheat have dropped in price nationally, while rainfall in the Region has led to inconsistency among local crops.
Four years of steady improvement have kept construction workers on the job and low price inflation on materials is making life a little easier for for owners and customers.
Business interest in Northwest Indiana is growing, a sign of good things to come, said Rex Richards, executive director of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
More capital expenditures and more hiring is anticipated in local government over the next six months, as municipal leaders face ongoing broader issues that have local impact.
Obamacare mandates, minimum wage proposals, hikes in food prices and high gasoline prices are all challenging restauranteurs.
An easing of tight credit, better appraisals and an improving economy have bolstered home sales in 2013, with July sales increasing 8.5 percent as compared to the year-ago month.
The refrain has been familiar almost every time The Times Board of Economists has met over the past few years: The economy is improving but slowly, more slowly than anyone would like.
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