Business: Detroit: The Motor City Shifts Down

Long lines of jobless Detroiters were trailing out of the red brick office of the Michigan Employment Security Commission on Conner Avenue when Labor Secretary Peter Brennan stopped by for a recent visit. To his consternation, he was greeted with a storm of catcalls. "You promised us jobs," one man shouted. "You shouldn't come around here and smile at us. We're mad!" Added a furloughed Chrysler employee: "They ought to lay his ass off!"

One of the few outfits in the Detroit area that are hiring these days is the state Employment Security Commission, which has opened 22 temporary offices and taken...

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