MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee sales tax collections rose almost 9 percent in April, signaling that the pace of the state’s economic recovery is accelerating.

In some parts of the Tennessee, sales tax receipts have now exceeded the pre-recession highs of 2007.  While that’s good news, economists at Middle Tennessee State University caution the numbers are somewhat deceiving.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s exports have reached pre-recession levels according to an economist with Middle Tennessee State University.

Dr. Steven Livingston is with the Business and Economics Research Center at MTSU. He says Tennessee exports were up 15 percent in 2011. Livingston says that last year the state exported more than $29 billion worth of products.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --  Federal officials revised the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reading downward today for the third quarter. Growth wasn’t as strong as originally thought.

The official GDP for the third quarter is now 2 percent, down by a half-percent from the earlier estimate.

The Middle Tennessee State Business and Economic Research Center has just released its analysis of Tennessee’s third-quarter economic activity.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Welcome news on the jobs front.

Tennessee's October unemployment rate dropped to 9.6 percent in October, down from 9.8 percent the previous month. 

Tennessee's unemployment rate is still well above the national average of 9 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Karla Davis says jobs added in education and health services fueled the employment hike.

Dr. Murat Arik with the Middle Tennessee State Center for Business and Economic Research says the numbers are mostly good news.  

The congressional "Super Committee" appears to be making little progress in its goal of cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

If the committee fails to come to agreement, then $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts will go into effect.

Dr. Murat Arik, a researcher with the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Business and Economic Research says Tennessee will be deeply impacted.

Dr. Arik says federal education dollars that normally flow to Tennessee would likely be among the first casualties.