They're students, retirees, people living on disability and those laid off, too discouraged to look anymore.
Whatever their background, they're among the 1 of every 2 Detroit adults neither holding a job nor looking -- the worst percentage for 2010 among 41 major U.S. cities.
This vast segment -- some 174,000 Detroiters ages 16-64 do not work -- poses a serious challenge for a city on the brink of fiscal ruin.
Most major cities see at least 60% of adults participating in the workforce, either by working jobs or actively applying for them. In several cities -- Seattle, Charlotte, N.C., and Denver, for example -- more than 70% of adult residents are in the labor force.
Detroit's rate is the lowest among big cities: 49.8%.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Freep: Detroit's workforce lacks job skills; it's called a 'huge problem'
This news storyhighlights one reason why I must seek greener pastures elsewhere. The economic situation in Michigan shows little progress.