Blacks hit hard as automaker jobs go south

March 1, 2006 – As American auto factory jobs have steadily moved south into nonunion plants over the past 25 years, African-Americans have been hit hardest by the loss.

Whites and Latinos also are losing ground, but the decline in steady, high-paying union work is far greater among blacks, according to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington-based think tank.

“Union jobs in auto (plants) have been one of the most important sources of well-paid employment for African-Americans since World War II,” said John Schmitt, one of two economists behind the study. Read the article here.