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As Recession Wears On, More Middle Income Vermonters Seek Help
Saturday, 02/27/10
By Lynne McCrea
As the recession in Vermont continues to wear on, social service providers are seeing a new trend: middle income families who are turning to state services for the first time.
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Dairy Farmer Says Industry Must Change
Friday, 02/26/10
By Mitch Wertlieb
Vermont lost 52 dairy farms last year. Farmers were struggling with low milk prices long before this economic downturn. But they're also affected by the economy around them. VPR's Mitch Wertlieb speaks iwth Onan Whitcomb of the North Williston Cattle Company.
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Small Businesses Poised To Grow, Others Reinvent Themselves
Friday, 02/26/10
By Susan Keese
18 months into a recession that's affected almost everyone, some small businesses are poised to grow - while others will have to reinvent themselves to survive.
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Underemployed Professional Struggles To Find Full-time Work
Thursday, 02/25/10
By Peter Biello
Vermont has a troubling rate of underemployed workers - people who are in temporary, part-time jobs, often without benefits. And in this economy, even an advanced college degree may sometimes not be enough.
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Advocate Says More Working People Need Assistance
Wednesday, 02/24/10
By Mitch Wertlieb
When people are out of work, one place they seek assistance is their community action group.
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Some Companies Expand, But Jobs Won't Be Created Immediately
Wednesday, 02/24/10
By Ross Sneyd
Although about 20 percent fewer people work in the state's factories than did just five years ago, some companies have announced expansion plans that would create dozens of new jobs. But it could be months or more before anyone is hired.
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Northeast Kingdom Continues To Struggle
Tuesday, 02/23/10
By Charlotte Albright
In Vermont's cash-strapped Northeast Kingdom, many workers often hold down two or three jobs. Last year many were laid-off. Now, people in the Kingdom are starting to find work again, but many are making less money, doing jobs for which they are overqualified.
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Lender Says There's Still Money Out There
Monday, 02/22/10
By Mitch Wertlieb
Many people looking to build a home will first visit a bank, and for many it's their local bank. But is there money out there for prospective homeowners to build or even buy a house?
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Series and Specials
Hitting Home: The Struggle Continues
Monday, 02/22/10
All this week, we'll hear how people have been faring lately. We begin with a look at the building industry - an area that's been one of the hardest hit by the downturn.
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Vermont's Building Industry Is Still In A Slump
Monday, 02/22/10
By Lynne McCrea
All this week, we'll hear how people have been faring lately. We begin with a look at the building industry - an area that's been one of the hardest hit by the downturn. Many carpenters, contractors and lumberyards continue to struggle, and their future is filled with uncertainty.
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Hitting Home: Bennington business expanding with military contract
Monday, 09/07/09
By Susan Keese
In Bennington County, which has the third highest unemployment rate in Vermont, a company called Plasan North America is expanding.
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Hitting Home: Summer Employment
Monday, 08/31/09
By Lynne McCrea
The economic downturn has meant that many high school and college students faced a tight job market this season. But as VPR's Lynne McCrea reports, federal stimulus money provided some young Vermonters with better-than-ever work opportunities.
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Hitting Home: Downsizing Weddings
Monday, 08/24/09
By Melody Bodette
Summer is the busiest season for weddings in Vermont, among locals and out-of-state couples alike. But some who make their living on these celebrations have found that weddings have changed in the middle of a recession.
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Hitting Home: Small banks thrive
Monday, 08/17/09
By Jane Lindholm
Vermont is one of only two states in the nation that doesn't have any banks that took bailout money from the federal government. The other is Montana. One reason is because Vermont banks are so small.  
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Hitting Home: Layoffs at Ethan Allen
Monday, 08/10/09
By Charlotte Albright
By the end of August, about 250 workers at the Ethan Allen Furniture factory in Beecher Falls will be out of work.  In this economy, and in this remote corner at the juncture of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Canada, the prospects for re-employment are especially slim.
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VT Edition: Reading the economics tea leaves
Wednesday, 08/05/09
By Jane Lindholm
Recent national economic news has raised hopes that the recession is moderating and better days are ahead, but there's still plenty to be concerned about
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Hitting Home: Recession seeps into Vermont homes
Monday, 02/09/09
By Ross Sneyd
Today, we begin a series that shows just how real the economic downturn is and how it affects everyday people. VPR's Ross Sneyd examines how the recession that began on Wall Street has spread to Main Street.
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Hitting Home: Laid-off worker looks to start business in tough times
Tuesday, 02/10/09
By Charlotte Albright
A few displaced workers in the Northeaast Kingdom are doing what may seem like the impossible in these dark days. They're starting their own businesses. VPR's Charlotte Albright recently met one of them in St. Johnsbury.  
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Hitting Home: Non-profits feeling the squeeze
Thursday, 02/12/09
By Nina Keck
Today as part of our Hitting Home series, with charitable and corporate giving  down, VPR's Nina Keck reports on the fight to save a landmark arts center in Rutland.
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Hitting Home: Family auto dealership struggles in bad economy
Friday, 02/13/09
By Steve Zind
As part of our series on the economy, VPR's Steve Zind visited one longtime family auto dealership worried about staying in business.
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Hitting Home: Some businesses bucking the economic trend
Monday, 02/16/09
By Ross Sneyd
Some businesses are bucking the economic downturn, choosing to expand despite the uncertainties. VPR's Ross Sneyd caught up with a couple of business owners that are banking on an economic rebound.
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Hitting Home: Burlington woman continues to search for housing
Friday, 02/20/09
By Lynne McCrea
We return now to our occasional series on how the recession is affecting Vermonters, with an update on Meghann Cline. She's the mother of 3 young children who's been homeless since last fall. The economy has made her situation even worse.
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Hitting Home: Dairy farmers struggle with decline in milk prices
Tuesday, 02/24/09
By John Dillon
Just about everybody is feeling the pinch in this recession. But imagine if your paycheck was cut in half while your expenses stayed the same or even went up. That's what's happened to many dairy farmers. Milk prices have dropped 50 percent in the last few months.
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Hitting Home: Businesses still feeling effects of downturn
Monday, 08/03/09
By Ross Sneyd
The economic downturn that began in the fall deepened into a recession that some compare to the Great Depression. As VPR reported in a series in February, jobs were being cut, incomes were falling and the recession was Hitting Home. So now, six months later, what's changed?
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Vermont Edition
"Hitting Home" - Vermonters Adjust to the Recession
Tuesday, 02/10/09
By Jane Lindholm
VPR's "Hitting Home" series looks at how the recession is affecting Vermonters.  Now we'd like to hear from you.  Tell us what changes you've had to make to adjust to these hard economic times.
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