Uneven recovery All Storylines

The economic recovery is historically terrible for the middle class

At the median, the aftermath of the Great Recession is unmatched. Not in a good way.

  • Jim Tankersley
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  • 4 hours ago
The way we work All Storylines

Why not having a college degree is a bigger barrier than it used to be

A new report finds employers are requiring BAs more than ever -- and not always because it's necessary to do the job.

  • Lydia DePillis
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  • 6 days ago
Miscellany All Storylines

Hard drives, hiking trails and homeless families: How the economy looks outside the headline stats

An anecdotal - and personal - measure of the economy's health.

  • Jim Tankersley and Lydia DePillis and Jeff Guo and Danielle Paquette
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  • Sep 9, 2014
Uneven recovery All Storylines

Is the government making it harder for the middle class to buy homes?

Many would-be borrowers are 'boxed out' from loans. Lenders blame muddled regulations.

  • Dina ElBoghdady
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  • Sep 5, 2014
Uneven recovery All Storylines

America’s coal heartland is in economic freefall — but only the most desperate are fleeing

The coal economy in Central Appalachia is in an unprecedented freefall. Which isn't making it easier for workers to move on.

  • Chico Harlan
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  • Aug 27, 2014
Uneven recovery All Storylines

Why abundant coal may have ‘cursed’ the Appalachian economy

Is coal country suffering from what economists call the 'resource curse'?

  • Ryan McCarthy
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  • Aug 27, 2014
Uneven recovery All Storylines

Tough choices in coal country: A family struggles to move away from mining

A photo gallery of one West Virginia family's struggle to find work as the coal industry shrinks.

  • Whitney Shefte
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  • Aug 27, 2014
Uneven recovery All Storylines

‘My life was like Hiroshima’: Readers’ stories of homelessness and addiction

Storyline readers tell of missed chances, time lost and hard-fought personal battles.

  • Julia Carpenter
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  • Aug 12, 2014
Uneven recovery All Storylines

One in four people living on the street say they have chronic drug or alcohol problems

Every year, communities across the country gather volunteers to count the homeless on a single night in January. In January 2013, about 600,000 people were counted.

  • Jeff Guo
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  • Aug 8, 2014
Uneven recovery All Storylines

Have you been affected by homelessness or addiction?

Tell us your story.

  • Ryan McCarthy
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  • Aug 8, 2014
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