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On the Mark: Past economic challenges offer lessons


May 15, 2020

Through interviews, we’ve been learning about Carlton County’s small-business challenges with COVID-19 social distancing requirements and mandatory shutdowns of many kinds of businesses. Here’s a look back at the last decade of small business experiences in Carlton County, charting the impact of the Great Recession that resulted in many (especially small) businesses folding. I focus on food preparation jobs — especially hard-hit under COVID-19 distancing restrictions — and how this sector fared during the late stages of the Great Recession recovery. I end with a look at the recent...

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