The crisis in the automobile sector, the economic lifeblood of Michigan, has had repercussions for small business. Hairdressers, restaurants and doctor’s surgeries fear for their future.
The waiting room of Najwa Shaja’s dentistry is deserted. Shaja runs two clinics close to Oak Walk, in the suburbs of
Kristin Seefeldt, of the
Two million people under the poverty threshold
“The problem, if the crisis continues, is that the employees of small business will either be laid off or see their wages cut,” Seefeldt continued. “Many people could then fall below the poverty line."
Today the state of
For her part, Najwa Shaja worries for those in need of health care. "People who have lost their jobs no longer seek health care when they don’t have enough money," she said.
The car industry, as well as being the symbol of
‘If the Big Three close, it’s the death of
“If the Big Three collapse, the city [of Wayne, 20,000 inhabitants] would be nothing,” predicts the manager at Jamie Wyse. “And meanwhile, the CEOs go to
According to the non-profit Center for Automotive Research, if the Big Three of Detroit are allowed to fail, three million jobs around the country will be lost. Economists at the
‘The state has been slow to diversify its economy’
Thus, as the automobile industry sheds jobs, other sectors have created them. In the last five years, 298 of 1060 industries in
“I’d like to think that Michigan will recover, thanks to new industries such as green technologies. The governor [Jennifer Granholm] wants to play a role in that,” said Kristin Seefeldt.
Date created : 2008-12-10