The condition of the banking and finance industries has a lot to with the current economic crisis , and a good place to learn more about those industries is the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) home page. There is a wealth of information there about the banking industry, and the economy in general.
For example, under Data & Statistics, you can click on the link for Regional Economic Conditions (RCON.) RCON has a tremendous amount of data, charts, and tables, state by state, on topics from total employment growth to personal bankruptcy filings and much more. You can always find a link to the FDIC site, and many other useful business and economics resources, in our Business Research guide.