Getting a raise in a recession can be tricky.

Per capita personal income in America dropped 1.7 percent in 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports.

Arkansas, once again, is ahead of the curve. Our per capita income dropped just 1 percent. We went from an average income of $32,257 to $31,946.

That's about six or seven trips to U.S. Pizza. Cutting back in such a manner is simply unacceptable. Which leads us to wonder, since selling our body for money more than likely is out of the question, what are the most effective ways to secure a raise in this economic environment?

The good folks at the Wall Street Journal offer up some tips on how to get a raise in a recession. Or rather, offerED up some tips, about a year ago when the recession was at full strength. These days, the recession officially has run its course, but experts tell us it doesn't feel like it just yet.

These tips are just as valuable today as we struggle to find our economic footing. Full story here.

  • Know your boss.
  • Leverage your talent.
  • Show your worth.
  • Care about the company.
  • Keep the right attitude.