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Alabama Business Confidence Index (ABCI) First Quarter 2012

Index above 50 indicates expansion. Index below 50 indicates contraction.

  ALABAMA MONTGOMERY BIRMINGHAM HUNTSVILLE MOBILE
NATIONAL ECONOMY 46.5 52.0 48.5 42.3 43.4
ALABAMA ECONOMY 52.0 58.8 53.4 49.0 48.0
INDUSTRY SALES 55.6 56.8 58.6 50.3 57.2
INDUSTRY PROFITS 50.2 52.7 53.7 45.8 49.3
INDUSTRY HIRING 50.0 53.4 50.4 47.8 50.0
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES 50.6 52.0 51.5 46.5 49.3
ABCI 50.8 54.3 52.7 47.0 49.6

Source: Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama. ABCI ™

Comparative Cost of Living in Southeastern State Capitals

Based on an average of 100, the C2ER Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services.         

City 

Composite Index

Grocery Items 

 Housing 

Utilities

Transportation

Health Care

Misc. Goods & Services

Atlanta, GA

95.3

91.4

87.7

92.1

102.3

102.7

100.0

Baton Rouge, LA

91.6

95.4

86.8

87.1

93.5

105.5

92.4

Columbia, SC

96.6

98.3

78.0

119.9

99.9

103.4

101.3

Little Rock, AR

98.2

89.4

97.2

110.3

93.5

84.1

102.8

Montgomery, AL

94.7

95.4

86.2

110.3

97.0

84.9

97.1

Nashville, TN

87.6

88.1

74.8

87.0

94.3

81.5

96.2

Source: C2ER, Annual Average 2013