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Detroit Jobs Might Return, But Workers Still Lack Skills. We saved the automakers. How come that didn’t save Detroit? It's common for headline-writers to refer to the Big Three automakers — Ford, Chrysler, and GM — as "Detroit.

We saved the automakers. How come that didn’t save Detroit?

" Shinola has perfect timing in Detroit. By Kai Ryssdal January 21, 2016 | 3:48 PM.

Shinola has perfect timing in Detroit

You Don't know Sh** about Detroit's Shinola. ​Luxury goods maker Shinola is marketing upscale watches and bicycles by playing up the brand’s blue-collar roots Perhaps no American city has a better story to tell right now than Detroit.

You Don't know Sh** about Detroit's Shinola

Beginning well before the beleaguered city’s bankruptcy filing in 2013, tons of ink has been spilled about Detroit’s declining population, high unemployment, poverty and high crime rate. There have been photo essays both on its abandoned buildings and on its resilient and resourceful residents. (Marketing News joined the fray in July 2013, running a story on urban planners’ and the business community’s efforts to reimagine the city as a hub for new businesses and tech startups.) Motor City: The Story of Detroit. Who is to blame for Detroit’s bankruptcy—China? Or robots? When Erica was a young child, she had a hard time coping with the absence of her father.

Who is to blame for Detroit’s bankruptcy—China? Or robots?

Even as a five-year-old, she would violently act out. Her mother shielded Erica from the knowledge that her dad was in prison, a convicted serial rapist. Eventually, counselors at a specialized after-school program revealed to Erica that her father was behind bars. They did not talk about his crimes, but they helped her make supervised contact. Erica began visiting and exchanging letters with her father, which greatly improved her behavior. More than 5 million children in the United States have had a parent in prison or jail, according to a 2015 study from the Maryland-based research center Child Trends. The Struggles of Detroit Ensnare Its Workers. So while some G.M. and Ford factories are scrambling to build more cars, even paying workers overtime to meet demand, other assembly lines are shutting down.

The Struggles of Detroit Ensnare Its Workers

“It’s an unprecedented situation,” said Harley Shaiken, a labor professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “Despite enormous reductions in total employment, the market is forcing massive temporary layoffs.” Photo Detroit’s Big Three, it appears, can’t escape their past. Since the 1980s, the companies — by dint of their contracts with the United Automobile Workers union — have parked idled workers in so-called “jobs banks” where they received full pay while doing community service or simply clocking in. New contracts with the U.A.W. signed last year were supposed to pave the way for elimination of the jobs banks and make the companies more competitive on health care and wages for new hires.

G.M. plans to send about 11,000 United States workers home on layoffs the rest of the year, some for weeks and others for months. Mr. Fast Food Strike Wave Spreads to Detroit. Credit: Detroit15.org.

Fast Food Strike Wave Spreads to Detroit

Four updates appear below. Forbes Welcome. Why Detroit's Collapse Was So Much Worse Than Other Hard-Hit Cities. The Center for MichiganDetroit struggling to create jobs outside of downtown. A stretch of Livernois Avenue, tabbed as the “Avenue of Fashion,” is a “critical commercial corridor” where city leaders now say job growth can once again take place.

The Center for MichiganDetroit struggling to create jobs outside of downtown

Detroit has a host of well-documented problems – poverty, crime, street lights, mass transit – that hamper its recovery. But the ability to create jobs may be its biggest hurdle. More jobs could mean less poverty and more tax revenues to fix the many broken things. “It’s absolutely critical that Detroit grow jobs,” said Teresa Lynch, nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution and a principal at Mass Economics, which is helping the Detroit Future City’s group work on economic development strategies. The Death And Decay Of Detroit, As Seen From The Streets. With the stock market hitting record highs day after day, it is easy to move on and forget that one of American's once premier cities, Detroit, has been bankrupt for nearly a year.

The Death And Decay Of Detroit, As Seen From The Streets

But out of mind doesn't mean out of sight, especially now that Google has launched its street view Time Machine, which provides for 7 years worth of street images, showing the time shift of the tumultuous period period starting in 2007. One blogger who decided to take this time lapse data and apply it to the city of Detroit is GooBing Detroit who, as the following time-lapse photos demonstrate, has captured Detoit's unprecedented slow-motion collapse into death and decay in what is the closest we have to "real time. " Perhaps what is most stunning about the following series of photos is not the ultimate fate of the bankrupt city, but how quickly a once vibrant metropolis has succumbed to blight and sheer desperation.

Hopefully not coming to a street near you. July 2013 September 2013. Detroit Is an Example of Everything That Is Wrong with Our Nation. Back on July 18, 2013 the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Detroit Is an Example of Everything That Is Wrong with Our Nation

Detroit is now seeing a little life, but the city is far from where it once was. Once the wealthiest city in America, known as the “arsenal of democracy,” Detroit was the fourth largest city in the U.S. in the 1960s with a population of two million. As Detroit founders, its auto industry soars; rapid globalization leaves city's economy behind. The name “Detroit” is still synonymous with auto manufacturing in the U.S., but the strong revival in the auto industry in the past four years, after decades of globalization, has done little to lift the beleaguered city’s economy or reputation.

As Detroit founders, its auto industry soars; rapid globalization leaves city's economy behind

All three major U.S. automakers still have headquarters in the Detroit metropolitan area, where the world’s auto industry was born. But the Big Three long ago moved some of the biggest chunks of their production, jobs and plants to places as near as Ohio and Ontario and as far away as China, Brazil and Russia. Without the plentiful factory jobs and incomes that once made Detroit a wealthy and teeming metropolis, the city steadily deteriorated into a hollow shell of vacant buildings and weed-covered lots. Last month, it became the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy.

City by City, Measuring the Recovery. Forbes Welcome. The numbers behind Detroit's jobs crisis. Detroit has made great progress toward addressing the needs of its residents in the last few years. However, one of the city’s most important challenges remains: rebuilding the city’s workforce. The crux of this challenge is that there are too few jobs in the city for its residents and too many barriers to employment. Improving economic conditions have led to a net gain of over 7,900 residents employed since January 2014.

But many Detroiters continue to struggle to access meaningful employment that allows them to support their families and their communities. What will it take to help Detroiters overcome these barriers? To help answer these questions, JPMorgan Chase initiated research to provide context for the challenges facing workers and employers in Detroit.