Bill Catlin Feature Archive

Minnesota's per capita personal income, a broad measure of prosperity, rose 3.7 percent (not adjusted for inflation) from 2011 to 2012, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's a faster pace than the U.S. total, which rose 2.7 percent. (04/01/2013)
A gauge of Minnesota's manufacturing sector is showing strength.The state's Business Conditions Index rose slightly in March. (04/01/2013)
Minnesota's economy added 14,500 jobs last month, and January's tally was revised upward by another 1,400 jobs. (03/21/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing Minnesotans pay a lower overall sales tax rate but that it should be applied to more goods and services, including clothes over $100. Here's a closer look at what purchases would be subject to the sales tax under the governor's plan. (01/22/2013)
In the crucial holiday shopping season retailers added 3,900 jobs but the construction industry eliminated 3,500 jobs. (01/17/2013)
Best Buy this morning reported a decline in same-store sales over the crucial holiday shopping season and said the company would generate less cash than officials had forecast in November. (01/11/2013)
The Department of Employment and Economic Development also revised October's decline in employment from 8,100 jobs lost to a smaller 4,800 jobs lost. (12/20/2012)
Minnesota's jobless rate held steady last month at 5.8 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. (11/15/2012)
MoneyGram International, the money transfer operation once based in the Twin Cities, has agreed to surrender $100 million and admit to criminally assisting wire fraud. (11/10/2012)
The Minnesota House sponsor of the failed marriage amendment proposal said the campaign against the measure was "wrong-minded" and erroneously implied supporters were motivated by bigotry. (11/09/2012)
Minnesota employers added 5,900 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate fell one tenth of a percentage point to 5.8 percent. (10/18/2012)
The home construction industry is seeing persuasive indications of a rebound in Minneapolis/St. Paul, according to numbers compiled for the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. (07/26/2012)
Home prices rose in nearly all major U.S. cities in April from March, including in Minneapolis, further evidence that the housing market is slowly improving even while the job market slumps. (06/26/2012)
St. Jude officials say they're pleased to resolve the matter but maintain the company's practices were proper and say the company admits no wrongdoing. (05/31/2012)
Fire officials have declared the Highway 1 fire near Ely to be 100 percent contained. (05/21/2012)