State off Siege

Unemployment hits 21%

In the West Virginia hollow of Gary, the silence hangs like a thick fog. "Used to be early in the morning, I would be real busy, men stopping in to get their lunch," said Constance Stepney, a cashier at the Bantam combination grocery store and gas station. "Now it's a real ghost town. You don't see no trains. You don't see the men coming in and going to work 'cause nobody's working."

In this southwestern Appalachian mining town of 3,500, nine out of ten adult residents are out of work, making it one of the hardest-hit areas in the hardest-hit...

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