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Today, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) released preliminary October 2014 unemployment rates for municipalities across the state.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has released values for its Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks the prices of existing single-family homes in 20 U.S. metro areas.

Startup investment is crucial to the innovation ecosystem. Chicago saw a record high volume of startup investment deals in the third quarter of 2014, and year-to-date data indicate a more even distribution by funding stage than in previous years. 

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released October 2014 figures for real earnings. This indicator reflects three components of consumer buying power: average hourly earnings, average weekly hours, and price inflation/deflation. 

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released October 2014 figures for the Consumer Price Index, a common measure of inflation. 

This morning, the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) reported that residential sales in the city of Chicago fell 8.6 percent year-over-year, while median prices improved by 8.9 percent. 

Updated metrics on hotel average daily rate and occupancy trends, air passengers for the City of Chicago.

Reshaping Manufacturing's Future

Chicago is one of a few global cities working to change the image of the manufacturing industry.  At its core, manufacturing has long been considered a blue-collar industry. You think of steel and auto manufacturing, plastics – workers on an assembly line.

That has changed. 

Chicago is the center of gravity for a major shift going on in manufacturing. This movement presents one of the most significant opportunities for growth in our economy in the next decade. Inventables founder and CEO, Zach Kaplan explains.

World Business Chicago tracks indicators from month to month to gauge the strength of several aspects of Chicago’s economy, including employment in major sectors, residential and office real estate data, price and purchasing indexes, freight demand, and auto and truck sales. Note: employment data refers to payroll job estimates for the city of Chicago and is not adjusted for seasonality. 

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Chicago is the center of gravity for a major shift going on in manufacturing. Inventables founder and CEO, Zach Kaplan, explains how the movement presents the most significant opportunity for growth in our economy in the next decade.

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Thirteen Chicago companies included in the 2014 Inner City 100, a list published by Fortune Magazine that ranks the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S.

The 1,000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing pilot program will put 1,000 job seekers on the path to employment by matching them to training programs and available jobs in advanced manufacturing.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released new figures from its Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), which tracks job openings, hires, and separations (quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations including retirement).

America's Urban Campus, a consortium of 17 not-for-profit Chicago-area colleges and universities, released its study on how Chicago's higher education sector impacts the city, establishing Chicago as a global destination for higher education and post-graudate employement.

This morning, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago released September figures for its Midwest Economy Index, a weighted average of 129 indicators designed to measure non-farm business activity in the Midwest (IL, IN, MI, WI, IA).

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), in partnership with Accion Chicago and World Business Chicago, today launched Capital Access Centers (CACs), a six-month pilot program that will help small businesses access the capital needed for growth.

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released preliminary September 2014 unemployment rates for all metros. The unemployment rate measures the percentage of the local workforce that reports itself as being out of work, information that the government collects by surveying households.

This morning, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) released its Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks the prices of existing single-family homes in 20 U.S. metro areas.

Today, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) released preliminary September 2014 unemployment rates for municipalities across the state.

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