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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    A child sits on a stoop in a working-class section of Utica, N.Y., May 14, 2012. Like many upstate New York communities, Utica is struggling to make the transition from being a manufacturing hub.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Meagan Stokey picks up food with her grandson at a food bank, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y. The city's individual poverty rate is twice the national average, and it had an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent as of February 2012.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    A family shops at a food bank, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y. Citing Utica's weakening financial margins over the past two years, Fitch Ratings downgraded its credit rating on Utica by two notches to a triple-B, two rungs above junk territory.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    A girl waits for her mother at a food bank, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    A man's free groceries sit on a table at the Mother Marianne's West Side Soup Kitchen, May 15, 2012, in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Veterans use computers to update their resumes and to search for work at the Hiring Our Heroes Veterans/Military job fair, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Veteran James Dixon, who is currently unemployed, speaks with a representative from a company at the Hiring Our Heroes Veterans/Military job fair, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Veterans Kris Hummel, left, and Shane Foley, both of whom currently do not have work, speak with a representative from the TSA at the Hiring Our Heroes Veterans/Military job fair, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Mike Patterson, who is currently without employment, eats lunch at Mother Marianne's West Side Soup Kitchen, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y. The soup kitchen, located in St. Joseph-St. Patrick Parish Center on Columbia Street, has recently celebrated its third anniversary. The all-volunteer operation serves soup and sandwiches seven days a week.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Mike Patterson, foreground, attends a memorial service at Mother Marianne's West Side Soup Kitchen for a homeless man who recently died, May 15, 2012 in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    A child carries a sibling past the closed former Utica Psychiatric Hospital, May 14, 2012, in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Eugenid Vasquez brings in clothing donations into a local food bank, May 15, 2012, in Utica, N.Y.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    Unemployed couple Tiffany Drake and Mike Johnson stand on a street corner in Utica, N.Y., May 14, 2012. The city's individual poverty rate is twice the national average, and it had an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent as of February 2012.
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  • Utica, NY Struggles With Poverty Rate Twice The National Average

    A closed business sits boarded up, May 14, 2012, in Utica, N.Y.
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