Mike Madriaga 12:40 p.m., May 25
Local Lead Indicators Continue Rise
The lead indicators of the San Diego economy, compiled by Alan Gin of the University of San Diego, continued rising in October to 103.7, up from 103.4 in September and 102.5 in August. They have been up every month beginning in March, but they are below the 105.7 of January and the 144.2 of March of 2007. In October, building permits, consumer confidence and the national economy moved in positive directions, while initial unemployment claims, stock prices and help wanted advertising moved in unfavorable directions.