The Economic Index for June is in and again we thank Dr. Escher and his hardworking associates. This month’s Index represents a milestone of sorts since the Lumber Manufacturing Index has been suspended “until we can find a sufficient number of data providers”. Pretty sad when you consider the many years in which timber was king around here. The Home Sales and Hospitality Indices are up, as you would expect during the summer, bur Retail sales and Employment are down, which you would NOT expect. Take a look at their Gas Prices graph and tell me demand isn’t 90% of the picture.