I feel for the economic hardship you are explaining.
My extremely humble opinion is that the working landscape in the US is changing drastically and that the scope of work of the average American workers is changing also. This unfortunately affects some geographical areas negatively but some other areas are in full expansion. The net of this equation evaluated on a National level again according to my drastically unimposing knowledge is still positive.
A bunch of good books explains this very plainly and accurately. The key here is to keep up with the times and adjust. Just the humble opinion of an exported french Canadian living in hick-town Vermont adjusting to new economic times.