Arum Kone, an economist for the state of Washington, said the lack of opportunity in these small towns pushes teens toward the military.
"You have some interesting things going on in this area that is a little bit counter the trend for the state as a whole," Kone
said in reference to Ferry County.
said the recession has been overwhelmingly hard on high school-educated males and on agricultural industries in Washington.
"And so when you look at the demographics by age group of who's in the workforce, you see that a disproportionate amount of people in the age groups of 18 to 40 really don't live and work in that area," Kone