Economy bounces back, but many still recovering from the devastating downturn

THROUGHOUT FLORIDA, COMMUNITIES WERE WALLOPED BY THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. BUT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FELL THE HARDEST DURING THE GREAT RECESSION.

Steve McQuilkin, SMCQUILKIN@NEWS-PRESS.COM

Published 8:00 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2018 | Updated 12:12 p.m. ET Feb. 15, 2018

Sue Cesare remembers how brutal the Great Recession was – how it took nearly everything she had.

She was an independent facilitator and trainer in the automotive industry making an average of $80,000 a year but working about six months. That left her time to travel, time to paint.

Sue Cesare was comfortably middle class until the recession

Sue Cesare was comfortably middle class until the recession hit.
(Photo: Amanda Inscore/The News-Press)

She would go to the Detroit Auto Show, corporate Christmas parties, and get wined and dined.

“It was a great job,” said Cesare, now 64. “It was a career. … it was a wonderful lifestyle.”

In August 2007, it all came to a jarring halt.

She had just completed …………………Read On

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