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What's New
Buffalo ranked as city with few jobs
WIVB (3/1)
It's a dubious distinction. Buffalo and Rochester are tied as the second worst markets for job seekers in America, according to Forbes Magazine.

Peak usage tops up water bills
The Detroit News (3/1)
Varied prices at tap also reflect distance, elevation from source. The size of your household water bill depends not just on how much you use but what time you — and your neighbors — turn on the faucets.

Seaway reports increase in shipping
The Watertown Daily Times (5/12)
After a horrible year for the marine shipping industry, customers are coming back to the St. Lawrence Seaway — a sign that the U.S. and Canadian economies are rebounding from the recession.

Shipping season to get early start, ice breaking begins
91.3 KUWS, Duluth, MN (3/8)
An encouraging sign of a rebounding economy: The Soo Locks will open four days earlier this year for shipping traffic, to meet pent-up demand by steelmakers.

Pollution rules delayed
The Sarnia Observer (11/3)
Lobbying by Congressional representatives helped delay the U.S. EPA regulation requiring ships to burn low-sulphur fuel near U.S. coastlines, which was to begin in December.

Twin Ports, North Shore shipping drops
Star Tribune (7/22)
Shipping organizations reported Tuesday that iron ore shipments from the Twin Ports have declined by nearly two-thirds this year, hitting levels not seen since the 1930s.

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General Resources
Beige Book: Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions
Federal Reserve Board
The Beige Book summarizes current economic conditions by district.

Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Department of Commerce
BEA's national, regional, and international economic accounts present basic information on such key issues as U.S. economic growth, regional economic development, and the Nation's position in the world economy.

Facts and Figures
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
Economic, industry and trade statistics as well as reports on business climate and activity.

Northeast-Midwest State Economic Profiles
Northeast-Midwest Institute
The site provides a one-stop source for current, unique economic and demographic data on the Midwest.

Regional Statistics
FedStats
Links to the different federal agencies providing regional data on such topics as employment, agriculture, education and more.

STAT-USA
U.S. Department of Commerce
An excellent source of information for all national and regional economic indicators from housing starts to business cycle indicators to consumer price index.

The Midwest Economy: Economic and Financial Data
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Regional economic indicator data include housing starts and the midwest manufacturing index.

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Employment and Labor Force
Employment Cost Index
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chicago Regional Office

Labor Force Statistics in the Midwest
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chicago Regional Office

Manufacturing Employment
Northeast-Midwest Institute

Total Non-Farm Employment
Northeast-Midwest Institute

Unemployment
Northeast-Midwest Institute

INDIANA
Labor Market Information
Indiana Department of Workforce Development

MICHIGAN
Labor Market Information
Michigan Department of Career Development

Research & Reports
Michigan Department of Career Development

MINNESOTA
Labor Market Information
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

OHIO
LMI Ohio
Ohio Bureau of Employment Services

WISCONSIN
Labor Market Information
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

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Housing and Construction
Construction Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau

Housing Permits
Northeast-Midwest Institute

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Income
Regional Economic Accounts
Bureau of Economic Analysis

Wages by Area and Occupation
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chicago Regional Office

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Manufacturing Activity
Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index (CFMMI)
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Manufacturing and Mining
U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Manufacturing Fact Sheet
Northeast-Midwest Institute

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Price Indices
Consumer Price Index: Midwest Economy
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Chicago Regional Office

Retail Gasoline Prices
Northeast-Midwest Institute

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Publications
Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
This monthly publication tracks manufacturing activity in the auto, steel, machinery and resource sectors.

Compare Minnesota: An Economic and Statistical Factbook (PDF)
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development

Data Line Ohio
Ohio Department of Development
A monthly newsletter with updates on such indicators as employment, price indices, sales and construction.

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