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Will the decline of manufacturing jobs damage social mobility?

from Brookings Institution

The United States is falling short on two fronts: the generation of upward social mobility and the generation of quality manufacturing jobs. Are they connected? Certainly many of the progressives gathered at Netroots Nation, a progressive political action conference, in Detroit, think so. The state of the middle-class worker was the focus of numerous panels. In the past, the weakening of labor unions would have been the main topic. This year, wage stagnation, income inequality, jobs gaps, investment and worker respect and dignity had the spotlight. more

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