Indiana's jobless rate plunged to a five-year low of 7.5 percent last month, and dipped to 8.3 percent in the Gary metropolitan area.
MUNSTER | Peoples Bancorp, the holding company of Munster-based Peoples Bank, reported a 10 percent increase in earnings during the first nine months of the year as compared to the same period last year.
Members of The Times Board of Economists reported at their October meeting the area economy keeps moving slowly forward and should see a boost because of holiday spending.
MERRILLVILLE | Consumers have started to feel confident enough to buy big-ticket items again, including cars and homes, but Northwest Indiana business leaders remain concerned about jobs.
SCHERERVILLE | From his office window, Joel Chermak can get a visual confirmation of what financial statements for the company tell him on a daily basis.
Things should have been better by now.
If not for the recession, the world might not have the Battery Go! iPhone app, and one of its developers still might be tending bar at Don Pablo's in Hobart.
Young entrepreneurs across the region have stories to tell of the unique ways both the recession and the recovery have influenced their drive for a better world-or at least one where people can have a little more fun.
Some local experts said Wall Street's recent downturn reflects the economic realities of the United States and countries around the globe.
What's wrong with the recovery? It's been almost two years since the end of the Great Recession in July 2009. The recession ended in the sense that the economy stopped declining and started growing. But growth has been very slow.
Weak job creation is hindering the recovery of industries across the board in Northwest Indiana, according to the Times Board of Economists.
Dismal signals mixed with glimmers of hope as the U.S. economy drove the news in 2010; the nation began a fledgling recovery from the worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression.
An adult asked a child, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" "I love animals. I want to start a day care for pets!" the child responded. "A business? You should be a computer programmer. Those things are popping up all over the place. Everywhere I go I see a computer -- even the grocer…
SCHERERVILLE | Numbers show economic conditions didn't crumble as bad in Northwest Indiana during the recession as they did about 30 years ago.
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