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GUEST COMMENTARY: Economic indicators on new orbits

GUEST COMMENTARY: Economic indicators on new orbits

A calendar is a marvelous tool for prediction. My calendar says there will be a full moon Sept. 9 and no moon Sept. 24. Astronomers have figured out the orbit of the moon so precisely that they can predict its phases years, decades and centuries in advance. And it's printed on your calendar.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Labor takes aim at right to work law

GUEST COMMENTARY: Labor takes aim at right to work law

Two years ago this February, Indiana legislators passed a measure prohibiting compulsory union dues and fees. Ever since then, good economic news for Hoosiers has been rolling in.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am
Indiana unemployment drops to lowest level since Oct. 2008

Indiana unemployment drops to lowest level since Oct. 2008

Indiana's unemployment fell 0.4 percentage points in December to 6.9 percent, the lowest it has been in 62 months.

January 28, 2014 10:55 am
DOUG ROSS: Creating more jobs is Job 1 for economy

DOUG ROSS: Creating more jobs is Job 1 for economy

A key report on Northwest Indiana's economy Monday showed productivity is up, but not because more workers have been hired. In Northwest Indiana, at least, this seems to be the jobless recovery everyone has been worried about.

May 02, 2013 4:18 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Behind the numbers of six unemployment rates

GUEST COMMENTARY: Behind the numbers of six unemployment rates

Each month the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics releases new data on the unemployment rate. January numbers were released on Feb. 3; excitement ensued. The unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a point, to 8.3 percent. That's down from 9 percent in September. Perhaps the recovery is fina…

February 25, 2012 12:00 am
Indiana's jobless rate remains at 9 percent

Indiana's jobless rate remains at 9 percent

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's unemployment rate remained steady at 9 percent in November, lagging behind the U.S. rate of 8.6 percent.

December 20, 2011 3:30 pm

Americans work harder, take home less

If Americans feel like they're working harder, they are. Workers put in longer hours and were more productive for the first time this year, the Labor Department said last week.

November 08, 2011 6:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Buy NWI, but not specific neighborhoods

The Northwest Indiana Federation understandably is concerned about how to provide jobs to people living in neighborhoods hit hard by unemployment and poverty. Its suggested method, however, needs some tweaking.

August 04, 2011 12:00 am
Jobless rate declines despite employment drop

Jobless rate declines despite employment drop

Indiana's unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 8.2 percent in April-for the third month in a row, the percentage of unemployed workers in Indiana is lower than the rate in neighboring states. However, total nonfarm employment in the Hoosier state fell by 2,500 and the private s…

May 23, 2011 12:15 pm Related
Jobless rate continues decline despite employment drop

Jobless rate continues decline despite employment drop

The unemployment rate in Indiana fell to 8.5 percent in March, marking 13 months in a row in which the rate was lower than it was a month earlier.

May 21, 2011 12:15 pm Related

Jobless rate drops in Indiana for 13th-straight month

The unemployment rate in Indiana fell to 8.5 percent in March, marking 13 months in a row in which the rate was lower than it was a month earlier.

April 19, 2011 6:15 pm
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