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Life after unemployment
A lot more people are working in Washtenaw County today than there were two years ago. But many others are still feeling the recession's pinch.
After cresting at a painful 10.1 percent in October 2009, the nation's unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent this past December. The state hit an agonizing 14.1 percent in August 2009 before improving to 9.3 percent. And in Washtenaw County unemployment peaked at 9.4 percent in July 2010--then dropped to just 5.5 percent at the end of last year.