A hot steel plate is cut at a steel plant.
A hot steel plate is cut at a steel plant. - 
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Richard Crowe, we're happy to tell you, has a job.

Marketplace has been periodically checking in with the long-term unemployed steelworker. After a year out of work he started back up, Monday. A resident of Wintersville, Ohio, he's now commuting to a plant an hour away that produces coke, a fuel used in steel manufacturing.

Because of retirements, the company is hiring. He, too, hopes to retire from there. In the meantime, he's happy to be back at work, earning a paycheck, and saving money for his son's wedding.

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