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    The region's economy remains stuck in neutral, with some small gains in hiring since the beginning of the year, according to the NWI Index for April.

      Northwest Indiana could begin to feel the effects of the national economic recovery in six months, with the NWI Leading Index forecasting weak but positive growth ahead, according to Micah Pollak, an assistant professor of economics at IU Northwest.

        A Northwest Indiana economy that has been idling along in neutral for the past year could finally shift into gear within six months, according to the most recent reading from the NWI Leading Index.

          Lackluster growth in retail sales and a drop in regional employment took some holiday cheer out of Northwest Indiana's economy last month, according to an index that gauges regional economic dynamics.

          Northwest Indiana's economy in recent months has been in a downshift as gains earlier this year in steel production, manufacturing hours worked and other key metrics have been erased.

          Northwest Indiana's economy continued to idle in August, with softness in employment and average hours worked continuing to drag on business activity.

          There are some rays of hope sprinkled in the NWI Index, a new two-part barometer of the Northwest Indiana economy, but causes for concern remain.

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