When the unemployment rate in one county alone nearly doubles the national rate, it's easy to see how the effects could be far reaching. About 18 percent of workers in Elkhart, IN were without jobs in April, and the sad statistic has drawn media attention to the hardships of a very particular demographic — the Elkhart Memorial High School Class of 2009.
Five seniors are the focus of an ongoing msnbc.com series that will follow the students as they handle the challenges of graduating during these economic times. A couple of them will be headed to college by virtue of grants and scholarships, but others must put their dreams of higher education on hold because of recession-inflicted financial troubles.
Meet the five stressed-out students through a video of their personal stories when you read more.