The Hoosier private sector lost nearly 10,000 jobs in November while the unemployment rate held steady at eight percent.
Terre Haute city officials and business owners do not think they will lose business from travelers using I-69 instead of US 41.
Bloomington business owners say Cyber Monday is not their biggest sales day.
Small towns such as Washington, Ind., are hoping I-69 will boost their economies, but economists say the future is hard to predict.
Indiana University saw a 10.5 percent increase in its international student population last year, according to a recently released report.
But economic experts say the report may overstate the benefits the aviation industry brings to the state.
Business analysts say while the economy is picking up slowly.
The housing and energy markets are two bright spots in what is otherwise a bleak forecast from Indiana University’s Business Outlook Panel.
The number of new home construction permits issued in Kokomo has more than doubled over the first nine months of the year up from only six permits last year.
Bloomington officials says the thousands of visitors that come to the city for Lotus Festival each year often return after the festival has ended.