Job seekers and employers meet in Ontario, Calif.; file photo by David McNew/Getty Images Over the last four years, scanning the nation's business headlines has become something best done with a pack of Tums at the ready. From housing…

Fresh produce is viewed at the Central Park United Methodist Church weekly food pantry on Oct.19, 2011 in Reading, Pennsylvania. The church feeds thousands of needy Reading residents monthly and relies on donations and volunteers to keep its increasingly…

Mitt Romney greets volunteers; photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images The 2012 primary contests have not yet begun, but one trend has emerged in the early stages of the campaign. In national polls, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sits…

Renzo Salazar places a sign in front of a foreclosed home on Oct. 13 in Miami, Florida; Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images It is all but impossible to pinpoint one key problem in the U.S. economy -- manufacturing declines,…

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