Too often the media talks about the economy in abstract terms. The unemployment percentage is this much, these many jobs were created last month, the stock market has gone up this much in the last quarter and so on.
Doing stories on the economic numbers is easy for reporters. What's far more difficult is effectively capturing the human toll the Great Recession has had on society. But, occasionally, there's a great story that shows how devastating and unforgiving the economy can be to an individual.
The New York Times has done just that, producing the above video on Jonnie Cassens, a 38-year-old truck driver who moved to North Dakota to search for work, hoping to take advantage of the state's oil boom.
Though she is literally pulling herself up by her bootstraps, she is still struggling to survive. It's 6 minutes of video every American should watch and try to come up with solutions.