I would like you all to read this article....Ignore the advertisments.....This is the town the PontiacFamily live in:
50% of the town is without work. We have families being torn apart because the husbands have to leave to find work. O'Neil and I love this town, but there is nothing here, I am sure I will be out of job next year, and so we will have to sell our house (hopefully) and move. We are far more fortunate than some other in this town, that O'Neil still gets a paycheque and I am still working. Things are going to get bad here, at least in the short term.
So when you say 50% of your friends are not working, imagine an entire town.