ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - When Ed Neufeldt introduced Barack Obama at a speech in ElkhartCounty in February, the new president promised the laid off RVworker would find a job.
Since then, Neufeldt has found two, setting up bread displays ingrocery stores and working with a company that hopes to hirehundreds to make electric motors. Neufeldt says he'd earn moremoney on unemployment, but he's happy to be working.
Elkhart County became emblematic of the nation's double-digitunemployment woes. Now, hope is rising there as people head back towork -- though not always at the same jobs they left, and sometimesfor less money.
The unemployment rate in Elkhart spiked in March to 18.9percent. But it has fallen steadily since, reaching 14.5 percent inNovember.
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