Regional economy posts dismal November

The latest Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index shows the Mid-South economy taking a big dip in November. The 2 percent drop for the four-state area was double October's dip and the worst among any region.
Dec 8, 2010 1:35 PM

Regional economy takes another step back

The team that puts together the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index says "the malaise that set in this summer is still very much with us" heading into the holiday season. Their national indicator fell 0.6 percent in October. The four-state East South Central region that has Nashville at its core fell even more.
Nov 10, 2010 8:24 AM

Region bucking trend in this economic index

The September version of the Pulse of Commerce Index developed by Ceridian and UCLA researchers makes for dour reading. Its numbers suggest that third-quarter GDP growth will come in between 0.7 percent and 1.7 percent, well below what's needed to really get things moving again.
[O]nce the economy has fallen to the floor, it has at least to get back to its knees before it can fall again. But it can crawl along on its knees unless it finds the energy to stand up again. The view of the double-dippers that this an economy totally lacking in positive momentum seems confirmed by the PCI, and unless the economy gains traction soon, a rise in the rate of unemployment is unavoidable, since 1% growth is well below 3% normal growth which is what it takes to have a stable unemployment rate with normal productivity gains.
But for the first time since May, the index shows that economic activity in the Tennessee-Kentucky-Alabama-Mississippi region grew nicely last month.
Oct 14, 2010 12:35 PM

Report: Regional economy treading water

The latest Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index shows economic activity in the Kentucky-Tennessee-Alabama-Mississippi region was essentially flat in August. That's similar to July's number but much better in relation to trends in other parts of the country.
Sep 15, 2010 11:11 AM

Trucking index suggests good GDP growth

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which uses diesel purchases to gauge economic activity, showed nice growth in May after a weak April. The region comprising Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi trailed the national number by a bit. SEE ALSO: The index data from the past few months
Jun 10, 2010 11:32 AM

An April step back for region's trucking sector

...and by extension the overall economy of the Kentucky-Tennessee-Mississippi-Alabama area, according to the latest Pulse of Commerce Index. After two strong months, our East South Central region — along with the rest of the nation's "trucking backbone" — lost ground in April.
May 12, 2010 7:57 AM

Trucking index has region pulling ahead of country

The latest Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index shows that, for the second month in a row, economic activity as measured by fuel consumption is growing more quickly in the Kentucky-Tennessee-Alabama-Mississippi region than in the country as a whole. View the whole report here.
Apr 14, 2010 7:53 AM

Strong February for regional activity indicator

The February version of the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index shows a nice bounce in trucking activity across the Kentucky-Tennessee-Alabama-Mississippi area. That's a nice reverse from the tepid numbers in December and January. Click on 'Latest Index Report' in the right column for the regional breakdown and other data details.
Mar 11, 2010 11:03 AM

Trucking survey shows regional economy stalling again

The nifty fuel-purchase-tracking index developed by UCLA researchers and the credit card processing unit of Ceridian is now showing its first year-over-year increase in 21 months. But the survey's East South Central region comprising Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi is among the worst performers.
Feb 11, 2010 12:36 PM

Louisville company buys Comdata unit

Comdata Processing Systems, a merchant-processing venture with operations in Louisville and Maryland Farms, has been sold to Payment Alliance International, another Louisville company that has its roots in ATM management. The buyer says it will retain most employees.
Jan 22, 2010 8:09 AM