Scott Rudder (center) takes a welding class at Chicago's Dawson Technical Institute in hopes that his new skills will help him land a job. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Brad Ellsworth acknowledges supporters after defeating his Republican rival in 2006. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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An employee cleans sections of a trumpet at Conn-Selmers' Vincent Bach division in Elkhart, Ind. The company produces a well-known brand of trumpets and trombones. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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