Economic Downturn
Economic Downturn
  • Metro home sales show slight improvement
    The Twin Cities real estate market show some mixed signs of improvement in August, with homes spending fewer days on the market and median home prices rising slightly.September 10, 2009
  • Williams rejects offer to rent her home
    Rosemary Williams, a Minneapolis woman who has publicly refused to leave her foreclosed home, said she turned down an offer that would have allowed her to remain in the home as renter.August 18, 2009
  • Lawmakers not satisfied with services for unemployed
    Members of a Minnesota House panel told state officials today to do a better job serving unemployed workers.August 10, 2009
  • State's jobless fund in the red
    Minnesota's jobless benefits trust fund ran a deficit in July for the first time this recession.August 6, 2009
  • Retail sales still in a slump
    Shoppers remained tight-fisted in July, resulting in sluggish sales for many merchants and raising concerns about the health of the back-to-school shopping season.August 6, 2009
  • Are there signs the recession is ending?
    MPR's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell stops by Midday to discuss the latest economic indicators, and whether they point to the end of the recession.Midday, August 6, 2009
  • Survey: Economy in the Midwest on the mend
    A survey of business executives in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests the region's economy is expanding for the first time in almost a year.August 3, 2009
  • Feds send more aid for low-income housing
    The federal government awarded 205 housing vouchers to state housing agencies this month, while thousands of low-income residents remain on voucher waiting lists.July 31, 2009
  • Couples and money
    The recession heightens the money disagreements couples have all too frequently. One wrinkle: More couples are deciding not to divorce because it's too expensive.Midmorning, July 31, 2009
  • Men losing more jobs than women in economic downturn
    Two labor market experts join Midday to discuss a recent report from the state showing that men are losing more jobs than women in this recession -- and that in Minnesota the disparity is even greater.Midday, July 24, 2009
  • Tough times for small businesses
    Among the biggest losers in this recession have been small businesses, who are being hit by decreased revenue and the loss of credit. Recent reports have suggested the Obama administration is considering using TARP money to bolster small business lending.Midmorning, July 17, 2009
  • Andersen Windows cuts office, management staff
    Andersen Corp., the big window and door maker, is cutting some 250 office and management positions nationwide, with about half the job losses coming in Minnesota.July 14, 2009
  • Metro area home sales improve in June
    The Twin Cities real estate market saw a 20 percent increase in home sales last month compared to June of last year.July 10, 2009
  • Unemployment and the economy
    Amid signs of an economic recovery, there are still some troubling statistics for workers: Unemployment continues to rise, and paychecks for many people are not as fat as they used to be.Midmorning, July 6, 2009
  • More homeowners doing it themselves
    Strapped consumers are increasingly looking to save money by taking on home improvement and repair projects themselves.July 6, 2009

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