Economy

Survey: Midwest Economy Continues To SlumpThe economy continues to slow in nine Midwestern and Plains states because crop and energy prices remain low and the strong dollar is hurting exports, according to a survey released Monday.
White House Official To Visit Struggling Iron RangePresident Barack Obama's top adviser is heading to Minnesota's Iron Range as it struggles through an economic downturn.
Officials Project Nearly $1.9 Billion Budget SurplusMinnesota officials project nearly $1.9 billion state budget surplus through June 2017.
Duluth-Based Minnesota Power Proposes Rate Hike In Cost-Cutting PlanMinnesota Power is proposing a rate hike for residential customers as part of a plan to cut electrical costs for struggling mining and paper companies.
Survey: Midwest Economy Experiencing SlowdownFigures plunged in an October survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states, the third straight month of declines that suggest a regional economic slowdown, according to a report released Monday.
Survey Gives Another Sign Of Midwest Economic SlowdownA second straight monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states suggests a slowdown in the region's economy.
Census Data Shows MN Black Households' Income PlummetingNew U.S. Census data reveals the median household income for whites and Asians in Minnesota is twice that of African American households. The numbers show the median income for Minnesota's black households dropped nearly 15 percent, or about $4,500 in one year.
Wisconsin Ranks 30th In Job Creation Over Past 12 MonthsWisconsin is 30th in private-sector job creation, but still lags the national average.
Survey Suggests Economy Slowing In Rural Parts Of MinnesotaA new survey suggests that the economy will slow down in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states -- including Minnesota -- in the months ahead. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says weak crop and energy prices are hurting profits across the region.
August Survey Suggests Economic Doldrums Ahead For MidwestA survey conducted in August suggests there will be little or no economic growth over the next three months in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains, according to a report released Tuesday.
Lawmakers Go Public With Budget Agreements Made In PrivateConcrete details about incomplete parts of a new Minnesota government budget are surfacing ahead of a coming special session. An education plan negotiated in private but posted publicly on Friday shows schools are in line for a sizable increase in per-pupil allowances.
May Economic Report Suggests Slow Growth Ahead In MidwestSlower economic growth is likely through the end of the third quarter this year for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report issued Monday. The survey report says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 in April.

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