Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Experts Forecast Mixed 2013 at MTSU Economic Outlook Conference 

The Midstate economy has shown promising signs of recovery heading into 2013, but regulatory and policy-making uncertainty on the national stage continue to hinder sustained economic growth and threaten to reverse any economic momentum gained since the peak of the recession. [more]

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Economic Indicators and Outlook Conference
  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance are gently rising, reflecting an increased number of layoffs for Tennessee employers in August. The trend for UI claims has increased to 6,040 per week in August, rising from the recent low of 5,801 per week in April. Rising initial claims will place upward pressure on the unemployment rate.
  • Single family home construction for Tennessee, as measured by seasonally adjusted building permits, rose to 1,084 units in July, up from 1,011 in June. The less volatile trend also increased.
  • Tennessee's unemployment rate climbed to 8.4% in July, the third monthly rise. Employment, according to the household survey, declined in July, following declines in all but one month this year.
  • Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment rose slightly in July, adding 6,400 jobs. While higher than in June, nonfarm employment has shown little change in 2012.
  • Seasonally adjusted state sales tax collections were about the same in July as in June. The less volatile moving average has shown little change since March.
  • Details by MSA

The annual MTSU conference is scheduled for Friday, September 21, at Embassy Suites, MurfreesboroTo register,

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Entrepreneurship Chair GIves Conference Keynote

Doug Tatum, Wright Travel Chair of Entrepreneurship, gave a keynote speech, "No Man’s Land and the Economics of Growing Middle Market Companies," based on his book No Man's Land: Where Growing Companies Fail at the Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors summer conference.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lecture: "How Economists Helped End the Draft"

The Department of Economics and Finance will host David R. Henderson on September 12, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the State Farm Room (BAS S102) on the MTSU campus.

Professor Henderson will give a lecture titled “How Economists Helped End the Draft.” It will be about an hour long, with 15 minutes afterward for questions.

David R. Henderson is an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School and a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution who blogs at Econlog.

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