When a can-do town can’t find middle-class jobs | Joanne

Amy Goldstein’s Janesville, the story of a Wisconsin town that lost its General Motors factory, isn’t just “decline porn,” writes J.D. Vance in The Book of Jobs in Commentary. Goldstein, a Puliter Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, frames the book as the story of “what happens when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself back up.”

Set in the Wisconsin hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan, the book follows “chronicles the efforts of officeholders, laid-off workers, families, local businesspeople, community-college leaders, and government officials to rebuild their lives…

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