STATE OF BUSINESS: Slowdown in Detroit

What's wrong with the auto industry? Since one in seven U.S. workers depends on the auto industry, Detroit's slowdown is largely responsible for the drop in steel and dozens of other important industries, and is one of the prime reasons that the nation's economic recession has gone as far as it has.

February auto production totaled 393,000 units, the lowest for any February in six years. Production rose slightly last week from its lowest level of the year, but several plants announced layoffs and cutbacks. Not all companies have been equally affected, but...

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