Ethan Lindsey returned to Burns to find Rust still in search of a paycheck.
The unemployment rate in Oregon remains one of the worst rates in the nation. But if unemployment is mediocre in urban areas, it’s truly awful in rural parts of Oregon. In Harney County, the unemployment rate is above 19 percent. Many of Oregon’s formerly timber-heavy counties share those scary numbers. From Burns, we’ve been tracking the story of Mike Rust, a 61-year-old natural gas pipeline worker jobless for 15 months. Ethan Lindsey returned to Burns to find Rust still in search of a paycheck. December 30, 2009