Loss of white-collar jobs hurts, too

Hard-hit factory towns also see exodus of professional class

Posted: March 8, 2018 at 2:03 a.m.

Laboratory personnel work last fall at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot in Erie, Pa. City leaders say Erie needs to retain such white-collar workers more than it needs a return to its blue-collar past.

With the abandoned smokestacks off the bay and ramshackle factories along 12th Street, it's easy to pin the blame for Erie's plight on the loss of manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico.

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