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Indiana Economic Index Declines For Two Consecutive Months

A chart shows the Leading Index for Indiana declined in April and May.

A key economic indicator for Indiana has declined in May for the second month in a row, reversing an upward trend and painting an unclear picture of the state’s economy.

Indiana Business Research Center economist Tim Slaper says a main component of the index is Federal Reserve interest rates and because the market is not responding any more to the federal monetary policy, the index is declining.

But overall, he says the economic picture is still a mixed bag.

“There’s no collection of data that’s unambiguous about the economy growing robustly or the economy going into recession. It’s kind of like I said just so, so growth.” Slaper says.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar says the state’s business climate is doing well.

“But the economy in general is sort of being dampened by uncertainties and business having poor reactions to what’s going on, or in this case, perhaps more what’s not going on, not being addressed by Washington D.C. ” Brinegar says.

Still, Brinegar says Indiana should continue to improve its workforce by boosting graduation rates and by investing  in jobs training.

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