Small town America battles downturn

Double-figure unemployment rates a major challenge for smaller communities.



    Small towns in the US have struggled during the recession, as plants close their doors and jobs are cut.

    Earlier this year, one such town - Danville, Virginia - was struggling to cope with soaring unemployment rates near 15 per cent.

    The local food bank was overwhelmed, and small businesses were barely surviving.

    And although the unemployment rate is dropping, it is still in the double digits.

    Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    FGM: The last cutting season

    FGM: The last cutting season

    Maasai women are spearheading an alternative rite of passage that excludes female genital mutilation.

    'No girl is safe': The mothers ironing their daughters' breasts

    Victims of breast ironing: It felt like 'fire'

    Cameroonian girls are enduring a painful daily procedure with long lasting physical and psychological consequences.

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.