Coming off of one of the worst recessions in our history, America has struggled to bounce back in its economic and spiritual recovery. High unemployment rates, budget cuts, layoffs and a lack of growth have zapped the spirit from a once-booming economy. For many, the hard work and can-do spirit that once brought with them the promise of the American Dream, have only led to disappointment. For others, the dream survives despite the distress of our current economy.
In an effort to document how the economy affects Americans, we chose to look at the lives of the working (and unemployed) citizens of Central New York and its surrounding areas. While the region wasn’t as hard-hit as many others, the impact of the recession could be seen at every end of the spectrum.
The stories we found were both inspiring and heartbreaking. The people epitomized the highs and lows of a nation struggling to get back on its feet.
We appreciate the families, businesses and individuals who allowed us into their lives. Your willingness to share intimate moments and personal stories has given our stories the depth and truth we set out to find. We hope you enjoy our look at what it means to be “Working in 2012.”
The Newhouse Military Visual Journalism Program teaches active-duty military personnel photojournalism and broadcast journalism, and how to become better storytellers.
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