Rural Unemployment Soars During The Recession

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What's going on in Baraga [Michigan] and the rest of the Upper Peninsula [Michigan], or UP, mirrors the slow burn that the recession has made through hundreds of small rural U.S. towns.

For such communities, the loss of a large local employer casts a long shadow. Tax revenue falls, hitting local services from schools and healthcare to police forces and firefighters.

Spiraling unemployment also spawns hopelessness.

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