Seventeen thousand Minnesotans 55 and older were unemployed on average in 2007 just before the Great Recession. Last year it hit 34,000. Most of those job cuts came to people 55 to 64 years old.
Mara Solberg and her husband Warren live 300 feet from the Wild Rice River on their Horace, N.D., farm. They expect both roads from their home will be impassable soon, but don't plan to leave.
Last week was good for jobless rates. Minnesota's January rate fell below 7 percent, the first time since 2008 the announced monthly rate was less than seven. Earlier today, the U.S. rate also fell to a nearly two year low. And yet we know the announced rate never tells the complete story of the job markets.
As bad as it's been, the state's monthly unemployment data has brought bits of encouraging news to the state's job markets at some point during the year. But not in construction.
Job. No job. That remains the bright line dividing Minnesotans who are feeling an economic recovery and those who aren't. The phenomenon can be seen in all kinds of economic data, including the latest report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership.
A recent online ad for a $700 suburban house rental seemed too good to be true -- and it was.
Overall, the HousingLink data showed nearly 7,000 Minnesota foreclosures in the first three months of 2010 -- up 31 percent over the same period last year.
Readers of MPR's economy blog, MinnEcon, responded to our request to sum up the recession in six words with pain, wry humor and the resilience of surviving the recession.
Two women in central Minnesota forged an unusual partnership to help a horse farm survive the recession.
Dakota County Tech runs one of the few public railroad conductor programs in the country.
Nate Hrobak has gone from "slinging lattes" at an Uptown Minneapolis shop to one of four green coffee buyers for Caribou Coffee.
First the floodwaters hit. The water was so deep that more than 120 people had to be rescued by boat. Then a home caught fire and burned to the ground.
Minnesota is facing a projected budget deficit of more than $5.27 billion over the next two and a half years. Gov. Pawlenty is again ruling out tax increases as a way to close the gap. We're updating the story throughout the day.
Barack Obama came to St. Paul in June to claim the Democratic nomination, a milestone that resident Brian Grandison said at the time would be "empty and meaningless" if the Illinois senator wasn't elected president.
Incumbents continued to win the night in Minnesota's congressional elections. Incumbent U.S. Rep. in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Districts have all been re-elected.