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Business

  • Oil prices slide, despite Mideast chaos
    The price of oil fell for the ninth consecutive day Wednesday as global supplies continue to flow despite unrest in the world’s most important oil-producing region.The prolonged drop could lead to lower gasoline prices for U.S.
  • Summer box office suffers
    Hollywood’s summer at the box office isn’t just missing nearly 20 percent of last summer’s revenue. It’s lacking swagger.
  • Biomet’s earnings rebound
    Biomet Inc. on Wednesday reported preliminary fourth-quarter and full-year earnings for fiscal 2014, reflecting the Warsaw orthopedics company’s most profitable performance in years.Biomet reported annual earnings of $36.
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Barometers

Fort Wayne indicators
Employment April 2013 April

2012

Change

Construction 8.5 9.4 -9.6
Manufacturing 33.8 33.4 1.2
Trade, Transp.

and Utilities

43.4 44.2 -1.8
Information 3.4 3.2 6.3
Finance 11.4 12.4 -8.1
Prof. Business

Services

21.0 23.9 -12.1
Educational

Health Services

38.0 37.5 1.3
Government 22.1 22.8 -3.1
Figures are in thousands
Indiana indicators
Employment April

2013

April

2012

Change

Construction 118.2 124.2 -4.8
Manufacturing 488.0 482.2 1.2
Trade, Transp.

and Utilities

568.9 546.9 4.0
Information 34.6 34.4 0.6
Finance 129.9 129.1 0.6
Prof. Business

Services

305.7 296.7 30
Educational

Health Services

447.7 433.2 3.3
Government 437.0 435.9 0.3
Figures are in thousands
Unemployment

Area

April

2013

March

2013

April

2012

Bloomington 7.3% 8.4% 7.0%
Elkhart 8.2 9.4 9.2
Evansville 6 7.8 6.8
Fort Wayne 7.6 8.8 7.8
Indianapolis 7.4 8.3 7.5
Lafayette 6.8 8.2 6.6
Indiana* 8.5 8.7 8.3
U.S.* 7.5 7.6 8.1
*– Seasonally adjusted
Source: Bureau of Business Research, Ball State University

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