Patricia Jackson sifts through bank documents as a picture of her daughter Nakawe sits on the desk in their home Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Marietta, Ga. On a suburban cul-de-sac northwest of ... more 
Patricia Jackson sifts through bank documents as a picture of her daughter Nakawe sits on the desk in their home Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Marietta, Ga. On a suburban cul-de-sac northwest of Atlanta, the Jacksons are struggling to keep a house worth $100,000 less than they owe. Their voices and those of many others tell the story of a country that, for all the economic turmoil of the past few years, continues to believe things will get better. But until it does, families are trying to hang on to what they've got left. The Great Recession claimed nearly 40 percent of Americans' wealth, the Federal Reserve reported last week. The new figures, showing Americans' net worth has plunged back to what it was in 1992, left economists shuddering. (AP Photo/David Goldman) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By David Goldman
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 4:34 PM EDT