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My Generation: Hometown, Economic Conditions, Life Stories—AARP Skip to content

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Hometown

Where the times are tough, but the people are even tougher.

The small rural community of Hometown, Pennsylvania used to be a booming coal town where everyone had a job and spirits were high. But with the rise of big oil and the declining economy, mines began to close and many citizens were left jobless. Since then, businesses have come and gone, making steady employment in Hometown a rare occurrence.
 
But as My Generation’s Julie Winokur finds out, when the times are tough…these people are even tougher.

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