The economic recession that began in 2008 hit full stride with the start of 2009, triggering unemployment figures not seen in years affecting all sectors of the job market.
The Post-Gazette's "Hard Times" series looks at the very personal impact of the nation's economic crisis on residents of Western Pennsylvania.
April 19, 2009
Emporium, Cameron County: "Tiny town hit hard as main employer cuts jobs"
March 22, 2009
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County: "Tuition-free courses give lifeline to displaced workers,"
March 8, 2009
Ross, Allegheny County: "Woman tackles a second wave of economic upheaval,"