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A Blue Collar Depression

Posted Thursday, August 19, 2010

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A Blue Collar Depression Looking at the numbers, it turns out blue collar workers have lost their jobs faster than the rest of the nation. When the economy fell off a cliff, you might say it landed on them. Certain work force sectors have been hit so hard by the recession, the rate of job losses there match the plunge in overall employment during the Great Depression. Thursday morning at 9:00, Plain Dealer Metro columnist Regina Brett and guests discuss what the fallout may be and whether the needs of the long-term unemployed can be met. This is an encore presentation of The Sound of Ideas.


Economy, Help Wanted, Other, Community/Human Interest


Tom Fisher, Truck Driver
Andrew Sum, Professor of Economics & Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University
George Zeller, Economic Research Analyst

Additional Information

How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America, by Don Peck, The Atlantic
Labor Underutilization Problems of U.S. Workers Across Household Income Groups at the End of the Great Recession, study by the Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University

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