6-11-12 (St. Paul, MN) -- With economics, it seems there's a downside for every upside. In Minnesota, the unemployment rate is staying well below the national level - but that's a negative for many Minnesotans without jobs. St. Thomas University's Dave Brennan says the number of weeks of unemployment that somebody can collect in Minnesota is going down because the unemployment level is lower. So, instead of over a year it's now going to be 44 or 45 weeks. Brennan says Minnesota's economy remains strong in many sectors but consumer confidence has dropped for two straight months - and that may signal a slowdown in retail stores.