Counties are uniquely positioned to drive economic recovery, organize vaccine distribution and execute the local public health response. Yet, the immense scale and growing needs facing counties are far outstripping local resources, leading county officials to dig into local financial reserves, reallocate local resources and make hard decisions to cut non-essential services and staff to stay afloat during these difficult times. NACo’s latest analysis examines the role of counties in the recovery process as local leaders support America’s 10 million unemployed workers amidst the challenges of delivering essential services during a global pandemic.