Small cities in the Midwest and Northeast are particularly vulnerable. When major industries left town, retail accounted for a growing share of the job market in places like Johnstown, Decatur, Illinois, and Saginaw Michigan. Now, the workforce is getting hit a second time, and there is little to fall back on.
"In Towns Already Hit by Factory Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs" is from the June 25, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Rachel Abrams and Robert Gebeloff and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.