11/23/2010 05:09 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mayors Forced To Slash City Services, Benefits As Economy Keeps Sputtering

The city of Hickory, N.C., where the unemployment rate soared from 2% to 16% during the recession, is repaving fewer streets, slashing dozens of city jobs, reducing library hours and closing two community pools. City workers haven't gotten raises in two years, and the city has postponed development of some parks.

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