The index, considered a gauge of the
That continued a seesaw trend that started with 106 in April, 106.2 in May and 106 in June.
The index is a weighted average of
In August, all three components of the index _ individual income tax receipts, corporate tax receipts and sales tax receipts _ were down slightly from
Despite the slight decline in the index, it still indicates that the
The state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in July _ the first time since 2008 that the rate has fallen below 7 percent. The state unemployment rate exceeded the national rate by only six-tenths of a percentage point in July, compared with a 2 percentage point differential several years ago.
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