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Economic Slowdown Tests Dayton's Job Center

Chef Dawn Callison teaches Ricky Sells how to properly use a knife as she cuts oranges.
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Chef Dawn Callison teaches Ricky Sells how to properly use a knife as she cuts oranges.

The Job Center in Dayton, Ohio, is busy these days. It's a one-stop center for help with food stamps, Medicaid, resumes, employment searches and classes for new skills. Forty-three agencies are under one roof.

It's a much needed center — and the largest in the nation — for a city has an unemployment rate that's nearly 8 percent.

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Noah Adams, long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, brings more than three decades of radio experience to his current job as a contributing correspondent for NPR's National Desk., focusing on the low-wage workforce, farm issues, and the Katrina aftermath. Now based in Ohio, he travels extensively for his reporting assignments, a position he's held since 2003.