NPR Series: States Of The Economy http://kunc.org en Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race http://kunc.org/post/flas-economic-pain-anger-could-shape-2012-race Florida is once again poised to play an important role in selecting the president in 2012. Its Republican primary on Jan. 31 is the nation's fourth nominating contest.<p>But Florida is a very different state than it was four years ago. It is reeling from the housing collapse — more than 200,000 homes are facing foreclosure — and suffering from <a href="http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.fl.htm" target="_blank">an unemployment rate</a> well above the national average.<p>You can see the economic impact firsthand in places such as St. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:45:00 +0000 Greg Allen 19922 at http://kunc.org Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race N.H. Voters Look For Calm Amid Economic Jitters http://kunc.org/post/nh-voters-look-calm-amid-economic-jitters The economic fears and hopes of the electorate in early-voting states like New Hampshire will play a significant role in determining who emerges from the pack of Republican presidential candidates.<p>And despite the Granite State's financial stability, lots of Republican voters see cloudy skies ahead.<p>Economist Ross Gittell says New Hampshire has <a href="http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.nh.htm#eag_nh.f.P" target="_blank">some attractive numbers</a>: "The national unemployment rate is 8.6 percent. New Hampshire, it's currently 5.2 percent. New Hampshire has relatively high per-capita income. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 05:01:00 +0000 New Hampshire Public Radio: Dan Gorenstein 19856 at http://kunc.org N.H. Voters Look For Calm Amid Economic Jitters Despite Signs Of Hope, Iowa Voters Question Economy http://kunc.org/post/despite-signs-hope-iowa-voters-question-economy <em>First in a series</em><p>Visiting a metal fabrication plant in Sioux City this December, Mitt Romney touted his successful business background, saying those qualifications are what America needs right now.<p>"I want to use the experience I have in the world of the free enterprise system to make sure that America gets working again. ... These are tough times," said the Republican presidential candidate. "You guys have jobs. Hope your spouses do. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:46:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 19844 at http://kunc.org Despite Signs Of Hope, Iowa Voters Question Economy