Economic Update

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The Jacksonville State University (JSU) Economic Update is a monthly publication providing an ongoing analysis of north east Alabama regional economic indicators across an eleven county area. The counties analyzed include: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Marshall, Randolph, St. Clair, and Talladega. County data are also analyzed relative to regional and state averages for comparison of strengths within the economic region. Selected national economic data and policies are included as another measure of relative comparison.

Jacksonville State University has a long history of community outreach through the Center for Economic Development and Business Research. For over twenty-five years various economic indicators have been regularly published, providing stakeholders from economic and community leaders to government and business decision makers with a source for economic planning and development within their respective institutions.

The purpose of the Economic Update is to present available data to current and potential economic developers that will be useful in planning, development, and execution of business endeavors. A key part of the analysis is that county level data are used and aggregated to include the ten county region. This emphasis on the local economy offers valuable insight to developers when measuring the economic potential of north east Alabama.

Economic indicators used in this analysis will generally include the following categories of data: civilian labor force data; housing trends that include pricing and the number sold; gasoline price trends for the county and selected cities; county and city sales and lodging taxes; and economic information about top employers. Financial institution deposit data is an indicator of banking activity and bankruptcy filings reflect personal and business solvency. Other variables that we will analyze as economic indicators include birth rates, electricity usage, and building permits. Depending on availability, data are presented on either a monthly, quarterly, semiannual or annual basis.

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Benjamin Boozer, Editor

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