A leading indicator for Indiana’s economy is highest in seven years in part because of growing confidence in the housing and automotive sectors.
The Leading Index of Indiana, an economic analysis of the state's economy, said the economy improved from July to August.
Economists say it may have become clear only recently to business owners just how much not having a national budget deal could hurt them.
The housing market accounts for much of the gain, but it's unclear which houses are most responsible.
An Indiana University measure of the state’s economy shows the Hoosier State is experiencing growth.