New car sales soared 21 percent in February as a government incentive program sparked buying.
Many factory workers in export-heavy economies like Thailand's have lost their jobs. With agricultural demand also down, farming has become a less reliable Plan B.
A new partnership is evolving between Washington and the car companies.
With one of the highest US jobless rates, Noble County sees a rise in volunteer efforts to help those who are struggling.
The desire to save jobs has led to concessions – but there is a limit.