Detroit: The Two Halves

Finding jobs for the unemployed is only half the battle of the slums—perhaps the easier half at that. Detroit industry, which provided 23,000 jobs for slum dwellers after the July riots, is discovering that it is at least as difficult to keep the hard-core unemployed at work as it was to find work for them in the first place.

"They drift in, and they drift out," explains William N. Wilson Jr., employment director of the Detroit Urban League. Probably no more than a quarter of the 23,000 men originally hired are still at...

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