Las Vegas (CNN) - On the surface, you wouldn't necessarily know that Las Vegas is in deep economic trouble. There are large crowds everywhere on the Strip. The restaurants are full. The casinos are jumping. The shows are great. I was at the gym at the Venetian Hotel at 6 a.m. this morning and it was packed.
But as good as parts of Las Vegas look on the outside, there are deep problems when you take a closer look. Nevada has the highest unemployment and home foreclosure rates in the country – with no quick end in sight.
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