This is a problem all over. If there are no jobs, the best is make your own works for felons and recessions.
Start a company to put felons to work and Clevland or Ohio might put up some cash. Get a contact from them for office, park cleaning, ect as disadvantaged. If they are going to label felons, use that!!
What skills do you all have? See what maybe together you have enough for some kind of business.
For instance building small electric enclosed transport modules which are very cheap to build, run, going 20 mph and probably don't need a license for yet gives you 20-40 mile range. A business for keeping them running too could work. It could be easily, cheaply built using wood/epoxy, bike parts, finished clear, look like a fine piece of furniture. Small enough ones can be taken on a train, bus, like wheelchairs.
Woodwork art, art boxes, vases, made from mill scraps. Birds, dolphins, angels, ect are good sellers at flea markets or e-bay, craigslist.
Build strip plank Kayaks, canoes, ect.
Selling food at events, lunch, make and delivery, dinners in a box, ect. Make a cart and sell sandwichs to office, other worker at their jobs. Do quality food and you will make good money.
There are books in the library that have hunderds of home, ect businesses you can do for almost nothing.
Is there money in a hobby?
I gave up working for other people yrs ago and have not regreted it.
And remember, it's not what you make, it's what you spend!!