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At 11.8 percent unemployed -- up 0.6 percent from February -- Battle Creek fared better than most other metropolitan areas in Michigan, but still ranked among the worst cities in the nation to find a job.
A report published by Forbes.com on Tuesday named Battle Creek as the fourth worst small, U.S. city in which to find a job. Only Jackson, Saginaw and Flint were considered harder up for employment. Six of the 10 worst were in Michigan.
Fetzner is among those realizing that, in these tough times, the body isn't just a temple. It can be a gold mine.
As Michigan's economy continues to suffer, people are offering themselves up as medical guinea pigs for a quick buck to make ends meet. Some are selling plasma, others their hair for hundreds on the Internet, while others take the more extreme road by wanting to sell their eggs or participate in medical studies in exchange for payment and free medical exams.
Web site facilitates sales
"Necessity is the mother of invention," said Charles Ballard, economics professor at Michigan State University. "People can get really creative if they're pushed to the limit. Even a few hundred to scrape together might make a difference."