Mon, June 20 2011 20:22
Conexus Indiana and The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Ball State University have recently issued their annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report for Indiana and the nation, rating each state in 9 different categories. The categories were chosen as being the most likely to be considered by site selection experts and by the prevailing economic research on growth.
Indiana continued to perform well, grabbing 4 grades of A, more than any other state in the Midwest, and receiving no grade below a C-, which made it the only Midwestern state to not receive a grade of D or below in at least one category. The manufactruing employment in Indiana has risen by 4.6% since the end of the recession, while that of the nation as a whole has fallen by 2% in the same time period. The strongest areas for Indiana continue to be Manufacturing Industry Health (1st in the US), Logistics Industry Health (5th), Global Reach (1st), and Tax Climate (2nd).
Fri, June 17 2011 20:44
Starke County was one of only 19 counties in the State of Indiana which registered a decrease in its unemployment rate from April to May according to figures just released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for the month of May. The May report showed Starke County going down from 10.2% in April (a revised number from that previously reported) to 10.1% in April. In addition, the rate for the county has dropped a full two percentage points since January, 2011, when the rate was 12.1%.
The State of Indiana registered no change in its overall unemployment rate, remaining at 8.2%, while the national uemployment rate grew from 9.0% in April to 9.1% in May.