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Health insurance for (almost) everybody

Phil Davies and Ashwini Sankar April 24, 2017

Measuring Ninth District health coverage gains and trade-offs under the Affordable Care Act

Things are looking up in the U.P.

Ronald A. Wirtz April 27, 2017

District Spotlight

Trouble on the farm

Phil Davies April 12, 2017

District crop and livestock producers are struggling to cope with a sharp drop in commodity prices

A call to action for community banks

Phil Davies and Joseph Smith April 12, 2017

District ag lenders are working with producers to keep them in business

La Crosse picks up the pace

Ronald A. Wirtz February 28, 2017

District Spotlight

Forging job-skills partnerships

Ann Harrington January 19, 2017

Workforce special report:
Employers hungry for skilled workers are stepping up to help two-year colleges deliver

At last, a wage bump

Phil Davies and Ashwini Sankar December 5, 2016

Workforce special report:
After years of stagnation, average earnings in the district appear to be rising

Everybody into the (labor) pool

Phil Davies December 5, 2016

Workforce special report:
Hard pressed for recruits, many Ninth District employers are reaching out to seniors, immigrants and other societal groups that may not be taking full part in the workforce.

Second chances

Phil Davies December 5, 2016

Opening pathways to employment for felons and recovering substance abusers

Working through demographic change

Phil Davies December 5, 2016

Workforce special report:
Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower on the impact of an aging population on the workforce and economic growth

From Billings to Brunei

Phil Davies and Ashwini Sankar September 6, 2016

A Ninth District view of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

A time of testing

Phil Davies July 21, 2016

The pressure is on the district’s wind and solar power industries to show that they can stand on their own without major tax subsidies

The rise and fall of career college enrollment

Phil Davies and Ashwini Sankar June 2, 2016

Enrollment at district for-profit institutions surged during the recession, but has since declined

Power has its price

Frank Jossi April 20, 2016

Angst over electricity rates runs deep in some parts of the district

A time to bond

Phil Davies March 28, 2016

After weathering some rough years, municipal bonding is on the upswing in the district

Where’s the beef?

Phil Davies March 17, 2016

Agricultural economist Gary Brester on the effects of drought and an evolving ag economy on cattle production

Health insurance concentration: The big bully or one of the gang?

Ronald A. Wirtz February 1, 2016

Health insurers are consolidating, but the effect might not be as straightforward as it seems

Health care consolidation: Which way is up, and why are we going there?

Ronald A. Wirtz October 29, 2015

Health care providers are looking to scale—in a variety of forms—to meet evolving market demands and regulatory pressures

Help wanted for workforce housing

Phil Davies October 29, 2015

Housing development for workers lags job growth in some district communities

Job growth since the recession: A long, slow rehab

Ronald A. Wirtz July 23, 2015

The slow pace of job growth masks wide variation in employment activity among industries, and tight, slow-growing labor markets may make faster job growth difficult

Down the rabbit hole of occupational job growth

Ronald A. Wirtz July 23, 2015

Occupational Employment Statistics offer cautious insights

Assistance with independence

Phil Davies July 23, 2015

Assisted living is an increasingly popular long-term care option in the district

Working on the railroad

Phil Davies April 20, 2015

Ninth District railroads have invested heavily to increase capacity. But matching rail supply to demand remains a work in progress.