Business climate for the week of June 16

Down: Unemployment claims, new car registrations, building permits

Takeaway: Continued unemployment claims fell from 17,272 in April to 15,807 in May while the unemployment rate held steady at a revised 9.1 percent. New vehicle registrations and building permits both shrank from April to May.

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