Why it matters: Jobs

FILE - In this July 19, 2016, file photo, people fill out job applications at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended. The unemployment rate has fallen to a relatively low 4.9 percent. But many Americans are struggling to keep up with an economy that has been fundamentally transformed since the recession, and is very different from the one their parents experienced. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Job growth in Chattanooga

Unemployment in metropolitan Chattanooga has fallen by half in the past seven years from a peak of 10.2 percent in June 2009 to 5.1 percent last month as local employers have added nearly 18,000 jobs in the six-county area since the Great Recession ended.

EDITOR'S NOTE: One in an AP series examining issues at stake in the presidential election and how they affect people.

WASHINGTON - Tepid income growth and shrinking opportunities for blue-collar workers have kept many Americans anxious about jobs and the economy, seven years after the Great Recession ended.

The unemployment rate has fallen to a relatively low 4.9