Falling metal prices have led to job losses in mining communities across the West.
In today's stock-market uncertainty in the US, there are steps to build a sound plan.
Demand from mothers and older workers for such jobs exceeds supply.
Flextime, healthcare, and retirement perks may be a bigger plus than a pay raise.
Disconnect notices have risen sharply, indicating stress on more households.
Prices spiked 4.1 percent last year, the highest increase in 17 years.