Professor Erick Eschker, Director
April, 2010 presentation by Dr. Christopher Thornberg.
New Research Projects:
The Humboldt Economic Index is produced by the Economics
Department at Humboldt State University and provides the only monthly
source of broad-based economic indicators for Humboldt County. Each
month since January 1994 the Index has tracked six sectors of the
Humboldt County economy (employment, energy consumption, home sales,
lumber manufacturing, occupancy rates at hotels/motels/inns, and retail
sales). We generate same-establishment data for lumber manufacturing,
occupancy rates, and retail sales by tracking a sample of firms over
time. We also generate data on the issuance of building permits,
help-wanted ads in the Times-Standard, new claims for unemployment
insurance, and orders for future lumber deliveries. The Index
represents a unique collaborative effort involving participation and
sponsorship from local businesses, state and county agencies, and
non-government organizations. The Index is published on the
fifth day of each month.
Our online readership is strong. During the spring semester 2008 there were 110,059 hits and 24,608 visits by 7,961 unique hosts. Of these visits, 99.9% were from networks outside Humboldt State University. Our new Housing & Real Estate page is the second most viewed page despite being launched midway during the semester!