From my friends at the Center for Economic and Policy Research comes this troubling study:
African-American workers have been particularly hard hit by the decline in U.S. manufacturing, according to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Chrysler's recent buyouts signal the continuing decline of the U.S. auto industry, which has had a disproportionate effect on the African-American workforce. Manufacturing jobs, particularly unionized jobs in the auto industry, have been an important source of well-paid employment for African-Americans since World War II.
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