In this Thursday, June 14, 2012 photo, Mike Lamm talks with his wife Tracey in the showroom of his jewelry shop in Mediapolis, Iowa. These days, people aren?t buying much jewelry. What saves him is his ability to repair watches and make rings. There?s still enough call for that kind of work in the small town in rural southeastern Iowa. When the government reported that the Great Recession claimed nearly 40 percent of Americans' wealth, the figure alarmed economists. But for families across the country, the numbers merely confirm that they are not alone. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)