St. Croix EDC: February edition of the St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard released

Contact:

Bill Rubin/Jacki Bradham

St. Croix EDC

715-381-4383

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The UW- River Falls Center for Economic Research (CER) in partnership with St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) has released the February edition of the St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard. The dashboard presents a snapshot of the economic condition of the labor, consumer and housing markets in the three county area. It presents the latest available data in one convenient package and can be viewed on the CER’s website at http://www.uwrf.edu/cer.

Dr. Logan Kelly, director of the CER, conducts the research for the Dashboard project and offered his observations. “The latest labor market data indicates continued slow recovery. The unemployment rate fell in December as compared December 2009 in all three counties, while both labor force and total employment increased relative to the previous year. The consumer market is also showing signs of improvement. The housing market, however, is still struggling. Median home price fell in January for three counties as compared to January 2010.”

St. Croix, Polk, and Pierce counties comprise Wisconsin’s St. Croix Valley. All three counties are located along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. Two of the three counties, St. Croix and Pierce, are included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metropolitan area, a 13-county region with of population of 3.25 million residents.

For additional information on the February edition of the St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard, contact Dr. Logan Kelly at [email protected] or (715) 425-4993 or William Rubin at [email protected] or (715) 381-4383.