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31st-Dec-2008 08:16 am
World to End, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.

now it's a news story....

Now, with Detroit reeling, many blacks find their economic well-being threatened.

By last month, nearly 20,000 African-American auto workers had lost jobs, a 13.9 percent decline in employment, since the recession began last December, according to government jobs data analyzed by the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal Washington research firm. That compares with a 4.4 percent decline for all workers in manufacturing.

I'm not going to bother to link to the tenditious statistics. Figuring out the change of percentage bases is an undergrad exercise.
31st-Dec-2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Well yes -- what they would have meant to say, if they were being honest, was "Now, with Detroit reeling, many autoworkers find their economic well-being threatened."
31st-Dec-2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
I suppose that's just as good a way to narrow the focus of the story.Though that category, too, is a matter of defining in a partial way as if it were the whole. Unemployment doesn't only hit manufacturing jobs, or, for that matter, all manufacturing jobs... Take the same skills to the next city, and you're employed again.
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