The numbers are numbing - plant closings idle hundreds, sometimes thousands, of workers. It ripples through the economy spreading more job loss. The latest figures have Ohio’s unemployment rate at over 7% - that’s the highest it’s been since the early 90s.
In a time when job loss statistics can cause your eyes to glaze over, ideastream searches out the human stories behind the cold numbers in this 30-minute special, Towns on the Edge, which originally aired on WVIZ/PBS January 27, 2009.
This WVIZ/PBS production takes viewers to three Ohio towns that are heavily dependent on one major industry:
Throughout this program, viewers meet people in these three communities and hear how they are weathering some tough times. One of the more poignant images comes from Wilmington where the former employees of a jet service that ran DHL’s airbase have red signs on display in their front yards. The signs show their loyalty to a company that kept food on the table for years. Now, the signs provide striking evidence of just how many people are out of work and facing an uncertain future.
Listen to the report that inspired the program, "What Happens When A Third Of The Jobs In One Town Disappear?"