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Economic Growth Hindered In Virginia

A new study reveals employment issues in Virginia are hindering the state's economic growth.


Supercommittee Debt Deal Appears Elusive

Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Republican co-chair of the panel in charge of slashing the nation's deficit, called the deliberations a "roller-coaster ride." Members are working to bridge their differences over taxes and entitlement programs.

Obama Shifts Economic Focus From Europe To Asia

President Barack Obama is meeting with the leaders of Asian and Pacific countries in Hawaii this weekend. The president is expected to use the Asia-Pacific economic summit to emphasize his effort to pivot the U.S. away from Europe and towards the Pacific in the coming century. NPR's Ari Shapiro is travelling with the president and has more.

Gen X Takes The Housing Hit; Boomers Only Grazed

The flailing housing market has yet to show major signs of recovery, which is bad news for today's home sellers. But even worse, the slump could permanently reduce the net wealth of an entire generation.

Would-Be Sellers Become Reluctant Landlords

The rental market provides an alternative for many owners whose homes aren't selling during the housing downtown. But being a landlord can have unanticipated challenges.

Big Sky Country Has Lots Of Room For Optimism

Billings, Mont., has its share of natural resources. But residents attribute their ability to weather the economic storm to a diversification of services beyond oil — like agriculture, financial services and health care. "It's just a great day here in Billings," says a leader of a new library project.

Educated And Jobless: What's Next For Millennials?

The Occupy Wall Street protests have turned a spotlight on the growing frustration among the millennial generation, a group that has suffered crushing student loan debt and high rates of unemployment. But some say inflated expectations and the lack of guidance toward "employable" majors are also keeping graduates out of work.