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To listen to the national news, you'd swear the sky was falling.

The volatile stock market, the shaky housing market and the high national unemployment rate leave little room for consumer confidence.


And although Becker County and the surrounding areas do not sit in a pretty bubble safe from economic turmoil, experts say we are also not a direct reflection of what's making the national headlines.

As of June, the nation's unemployment rate stood at 9.2 percent.

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