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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2012 - To paraphrase that familiar and now well-worn political mantra: It’s the slow-growth economy, stupid.

While the latest jobs report or foreclosure numbers can instantly spur presidential campaign rhetoric from Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney over who is better qualified to create jobs or save the middle class, today’s economic headlines might have little sway over voters who have already made up their minds based on all the yesterdays they’ve experienced since the nation’s financial crisis of 2008.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 25, 2011 - Ernie Edelmann needs a job.

She's a licensed professional counselor, has worked for 25 years with victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape, and she's 75.

"It would be easier if I had a part-time job," she says.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 21, 2011 - The job -- working nights for a contractor remodeling a Walmart store -- is physically demanding and an hour's drive from Kevin Wilson's home in St. Louis.

The pay -- $15 an hour -- is half as much as he made in his worst year in business management.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 3, 2010 - For longtime area labor analyst Russ Signorino, the true harbinger of an economic recovery will be a decline in the U.S. unemployment rate.

"It's not just the number of people you're adding to the payrolls, but can you get that rate down? That's when you know the economy has started to kick in," Signorino said.

We're not there yet.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 27, 2009 - When it comes to weathering a layoff, Russ Signorino can speak from both personal and professional experience.

The longtime expert on the St. Louis labor market lost his own job in June when the United Way of Greater St. Louis eliminated its research department. Signorino has just landed a new post: as executive director of the Gateway EITC Community Coalition, a nonprofit that he helped establish while at the United Way. The group does free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income families.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 17, 2008 - Brandon Walker opens his eyes to a drizzling, gray-skied Tuesday morning. Quiet fills his bedroom, but not his head.

Already, he's thinking, planning, dreaming about all that surely must come.

But then, the rain. I gotta go through that? Walker thinks. He's heading off to his weekly morning radio show at the campus station for the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 1, 2008 - Despite stomach-wrenching news for two of this area's biggest -- and best-known -- corporate citizens, a local researcher says the sky is not falling on the St. Louis economy.

"We've been through this before, and we will get through it again," said Russ Signorino, vice president of research for the United Way of Greater St. Louis who has spent much of his life analyzing work and economic trends in the region.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In the midst of an economic downturn, when unemployment rates hover at 5 percent nationally, it is taking some college students in St. Louis longer to find jobs than usual.

For a few moments during finals week, Cadence Rippeto felt relieved. She finished the last exam of her senior year and stepped into a drizzly day. Then, her relief evaporated.