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Stakes Rise In Virginia After Failure To Pass Budget

The Virginia legislative session ended on Saturday, leaving the commonwealth without a budget for the first time since 2001. The implications, experts say, could be far-reaching.


On Utah's 'Silicon Slopes,' Tech Jobs Get A Lift

Thanks to tech companies, Utah generated jobs at a faster rate than any other state in the country — with the single exception of North Dakota. The outdoor life is attracting thousands of workers, but the boom is also being fed by the recruitment of top researchers and venture capital investment — a formula that helped create Silicon Valley.

Seattle's 'Car Campers' Face Lack Of Parking

There are hundreds of "car campers" in Seattle's old Ballard neighborhood. They're not homeless, as long as they can find a place to park. But that's getting harder as "no overnight parking" signs close in.

What's The Opposite Of A Jobless Recovery?

In the past few months, job growth has picked up, while economic growth has slowed. What's going on?

Is The Economy 'Looking Up' For You?

All week-long NPR will look at parts of the U.S. economy that are beginning to thrive after the economic downturn. Host Michel Martin hears individual stories of economic upturn, along with stories of continued struggles, from listeners and NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

Jobs Abound In Energy Industry's New Boom Time

New drilling technologies and rising fuel prices have generated a boom in U.S. oil and gas drilling. It is also creating many high-paying jobs for young people. The average starting salary for petroleum engineering grads is nearly $79,000.

Signs Of Recovery Emerge After A Long Downturn

Millions of Americans are still searching for jobs or facing home foreclosures. But pockets of strength — found in energy, technology, manufacturing, autos, agriculture and elsewhere — are helping invigorate the broader economy.