'Yes, we are in a recession'

Chuck and Leslie Starr don't need an economist to decide for them whether we're in a recession.

The Pompano Beach couple can feel it in the prices they pay at the gas pump and the higher charges for everything from homeowners insurance to electricity. They can see it in the dwindling number of overtime hours available for Chuck to work as a master carpenter, and in the financial struggles of friends and coworkers.

''We're hanging around by the fingernails, and we're lucky to be here,'' Chuck said. ``I have friends at work who are losing their houses.''

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