Southward Ho for Jobs

The auto industry's unemployed are migrating in droves

When the century was younger and Motown was Boomtown, jobs were for the picking on the conveyor belts of Detroit. Forrest Jones got one, leaving behind the dust of Piggott, Ark. So did Paul Youker's father, trading hard times in New York to be a security guard for General Motors. Terrace Turner's father got another, moving north from Mississippi.

But in just a generation, the boom has gone bust. Haifa million auto-related jobs have been lost since 1979, and migration today is away from Motor City,...

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