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Five myths about Detroit. Scott Martelle is the author of “Detroit: A Biography” and a former staff writer for the Detroit News and the Los Angeles Times.

Five myths about Detroit

How Detroit is helping inmates prepare for jobs. In a classroom with bars on the windows and views of the razor wire that surrounds the Detroit Reentry Center, inmate Mathew Hernandez is learning how to safely remove asbestos and lead-based paint, skills he hopes will land him a construction job when he's released.

How Detroit is helping inmates prepare for jobs

"I want to be a legitimate citizen. I want to ... actually be an asset to the community, instead of a leech," said Hernandez, 33, whose addiction to pain pills following a workplace injury culminated in a guilty plea to robbery charges in late 2015. With the unemployment rate at 76% among newly released prisoners in Wayne County, the City of Detroit is using a $4.5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to prepare inmates such as Hernandez for jobs in environmental work, culinary arts and fork-lift operation. A retraining program that works: Finding jobs in Detroit. In the aftermath of Detroit's historic bankruptcy, attention will turn quickly to a much more troubling problem than the city's balance sheet: the crisis of structurally unemployed residents in Detroit.

A retraining program that works: Finding jobs in Detroit

For a true turnaround, the city must put people back to work — but simply prescribing a quick fix would ignore the deeply rooted problems in the labor force, including a lack of modern job skills, rampant illiteracy, transit problems and a fundamental lack of opportunities. The resurgence of downtown and Midtown Detroit is creating jobs for high-tech workers with advanced degrees and spurring new real estate developments aimed at young educated professionals.

But the city's economy continues to generate little opportunity for unemployed residents in the impoverished neighborhoods. That's where the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s new Community Ventures program is filling a void. Expanding the program Participants averaged 36 years old. Manufacturers see historic opportunity to shape policy. 7.9 million jobs lost, many forever - Jul. 2, 2010. By Chris Isidore, senior writerJuly 2, 2010: 11:46 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The recession killed off 7.9 million jobs.

7.9 million jobs lost, many forever - Jul. 2, 2010

It's increasingly likely that many will never come back. The government jobs report issued Friday shows that businesses have slowed their pace of hiring to a relative trickle. "The job losses during the Great Recession were so off the chart, that even though we've gained about 600,000 private sector jobs back, we've got nearly 8 million jobs to go," said Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of Economic Cycle Research Institute. Excluding temporary Census workers, the economy has added fewer than 100,000 jobs a month this year -- a much faster and stronger jobs recovery than occurred following the last two recessions in 2001 and 1991. During the 'Lost Decade,' Michigan Shed More Jobs Than U.S. as a Whole [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

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During the 'Lost Decade,' Michigan Shed More Jobs Than U.S. as a Whole [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

U.S. employment (click to enlarge). Trump vows 25 million jobs, most of any president - Jan. 20, 2017. He calls it the "America First" doctrine.

Trump vows 25 million jobs, most of any president - Jan. 20, 2017

Trump Wants to Build a Wall. Finding Workers Won’t Be Easy - Bloomberg. President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall faces many obstacles.

Trump Wants to Build a Wall. Finding Workers Won’t Be Easy - Bloomberg

One of the tallest: building it without undocumented workers. A labor shortage has left few hands to build houses and factories in the region, where wages have already been rising and projects delayed. Now, the president’s plan for “immediate construction of a border wall” will force the government to find legal builders for a project that could employ thousands if not tens of thousands.

About half of construction workers in Texas are undocumented, and nationwide 14 percent lack authorization for employment in the U.S., according to the Workers Defense Project, an Austin group that advocates for undocumented laborers. Donald Trump transition team: How to get a White House job. Have you always wanted to work for the federal government?

Donald Trump transition team: How to get a White House job

Here's your chance, because President-elect Donald Trump is scouting more than 4,000 new political employees as he prepares to enter the White House. He made the announcement on his GreatAgain.gov site and newly created Twitter account, Transition 2017, this week, listing four different types of appointments he's looking to fill: Presidential Appointments with Senate Confirmation (PAS) Donald Trump Wall: How Many Jobs Would It Create?

Even after President Donald Trump’s executive order to begin construction of a border wall with Mexico, the actual plans are still the subject of speculation.

Donald Trump Wall: How Many Jobs Would It Create?

From how long the structure will be (1,000 to 2,000 miles), to the wall's budget ($12 billion to $15 billion, or even $25 billion), and who will end up paying for it (Mexico! Or maybe not), the new administration has plenty of details to iron out. But one certainty, experts say, is that if construction forges ahead as expected, it will create thousands of jobs for American workers. Michael Montgomery, a consultant who helps developers estimate their projects' economic impact, says a building project on the scale of Trump’s speculative wall should create between 21,200 and 25,600 jobs for "at least the period of construction,” basing his estimate on the $12 billion to $15 billion budget mentioned by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Anatomy of Detroit’s Decline - Interactive Feature.

Mayor Coleman A. Young of Detroit at an event in 1980. Richard Sheinwald/Associated Press. The rise and fall of Detroit: A timeline. Sign Up for Our free email newsletters On Thursday, Detroit made history — and not in a good way.

The rise and fall of Detroit: A timeline

The heart of the U.S. auto industry and home to the Detroit Tigers, Eminem and the White Stripes, Motown, and (maybe) Jimmy Hoffa's body became the largest city ever to file for bankruptcy.